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Grammarly is an online grammar and spelling checker that improves communication by helping users find and correct writing mistakes. Grammarly is provided as a free service for all Pepperdine Graziadio students.

How to use Grammarly:

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.

How to Activate Grammarly:

For new Pepperdine Graziadio students who started in this current term, you will receive an account activation email from Grammarly EDU during week three of the new term.

If you are a continuing Pepperdine Graziadio student who hasn't activated your account or if you lost your original activation email, please follow these steps:

  • Go to:
  • Click on "Get Grammarly - it's Free!" 
  • Sign in with your email
  • Create a password
  • Your account will be activated under the Pepperdine Graziadio account license 


If you have general questions about your Pepperdine Graziadio Grammarly account access, please email

If you have questions regarding the tools available within Grammarly, please refer to the Tips and Tutorials webpage.

For technical assistance, contact or submit a ticket directly from the editor feature with Grammarly.


General Citation Resources

  • "Should I Cite This?" - A Visual Guide
  • The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University ("Owl Purdue") houses writing resources and instructional material as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects, including subject-specific writing, research, citations, grammar, and writing mechanics.
  • Zotero is a free online tool to help you collect, organize, and share your research. ZoteroBib will help you create a bibliography in any citation style.

APA 7th Edition* Citation Style

*Note: APA updated its guidelines from 6th Edition to 7th Edition as of October 2019

General Information and Resources

In-Text Citations

Formatting the Body of the Paper

Tables and Figures

References Page Citations

Paraphrasing, Quoting, & Avoiding Plagiarism

Additional Citation Information

MLA 9th Edition Citation Style

*Note: MLA updated its guidelines from 8th Edition to 9th Edition as of April 2021

Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) 17th Edition

Writing Process

Types of Papers

Word Choice

  • This Verb Tense Guide helps you to determine proper verb tense throughout your paper
  • This academic word list provides a list of some of the most important words to know in an academic setting
  • This First-Person Pronouns Guide can help you determine when to use first person versus third person in your writing
  • This Active and Passive Voice Guide helps you to determine when and how to use active versus passive voice
  • This Anthropomorphism Guide helps you avoid anthropomorphism (when writers attribute human actions to inanimate or nonhuman animals)
  • provides suggestions for synonyms (words that have similar meanings with each other) and antonyms (words that have opposite meanings of each other), helping to expand your vocabulary
  • The corpus of contemporary American English will show the frequency that a word is used, and in which contexts it is likely to occur 

Writing Mechanics

Plagiarism is the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own, whether intentionally or accidentally, and must be avoided. There are many resources available to help you avoid this practice: