Writing Services

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Use these helpful tools to strengthen your writing skills and properly format your research papers.

Grammarly is an online grammar and spelling checker that improves communication by helping users find and correct writing mistakes. It's easy to use:

  • Copy and paste any English text into Grammarly's online text editor or install Grammarly's free browser extension for Chrome and Safari.
  • Grammarly's algorithms flag potential issues in the text and suggest context-specific corrections for grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. An explanation is provided for each correction, so you can make an informed decision about whether, and how, to correct an issue.

For new students who started in this current term, you received an email from Grammarly EDU with a link to activate your account. For continuing students who haven't activated your account, please follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Go to grammarly.com/enterprise/signup
  2. Provide your name, @pepperdine.edu email, and password: BidWnzCjqqzMxZNq.
  3. Check your Pepperdine inbox for an email from Grammarly and click on the activation link.
  4. Apply the access code BidWnzCjqqzMxZNq

If you have questions regarding the tools available within Grammarly, please refer to the instructional guide. For technical assistance, you may contact support@grammarly.comor submit a ticket directly from the editor feature with Grammarly.

APA Format

Formatting research paper (for PC)
Formatting research paper (for Mac)
Documentation and Citation

ESL Resources

ESL Grammar Resource Site (Rong Chang Lee, PhD): provides extensive information on common areas of concern for ESL students, with a focus on grammar and style.

Capital Community College Foundation ESL Grammar Quiz Site: a comprehensive collection of grammar quizzes aimed at identifying and remedying common grammar issues; each quiz represents a different area of focus.

Writing Mechanics

Conquering Commas

Transitional Words and Phrases:

Special thanks to the GSEP Writing Center for sharing their resources with our students.