Writing Resources


Writing Tutoring 

Student Engagement and Success (SES) offers current students free, online, individual or group appointments for writing assistance or presentation support. Writing Consultants provide guidance to students on writing and presentation assignments at any stage during the process.

SES also offers drop-in hours where you can log on to our Zoom link to receive assistance without an appointment. Drop-in hours are ideal for students who have quick questions or want less than 15 minutes of support. For more thorough assistance, we recommend you make a 30-minute or 60-minute appointment instead. 

If you would like a group appointment, please select an appointment time when all of your group members can attend the online appointment. If any group members are missing during the time of the appointment, the consultant will not be able to work on their parts of the assignment with you without that group member present. It is recommended that group appointments be 60 minutes long. 

If you have any questions about writing tutoring, please email pgbs.ses@pepperdine.edu

Tutoring Hours 

Please note that all writing tutoring for fall 2020 will be offered online - a Zoom link will be in your appointment confirmation email. 

Appointments and drop-in tutoring (no appointment needed) are available. Book your appointment at PGBSWriting.youcanbook.me or drop-in by clicking on this Zoom link during the following days/times (Pacific Time): 

  • Mondays 12:30 - 5 PM
  • Tuesdays 10:30 AM - Noon and 4:30 - 9 PM
  • Wednesdays 6 - 9 PM
  • Thursdays 10 AM - Noon, 1 - 6 PM
  • Fridays 10 AM - Noon
  • Sundays 6 - 9 PM 

Writing Process, Grammar, and Mechanics 


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

APA 6th Edition Citation Style 

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

MLA 8th Edition Citation Style 

Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) 17th Edition 

Types of Papers

Word Choice  

  • This list of language to avoid in academic writing helps improve the scholarly voice of your writing, and includes specific information on contractions, colloquialisms, run-on expressions, rhetorical questions, and adverb/verb placement. 
  • This action verbs list provides a list of verbs you can use to describe actions in your writing 
  • This academic word list provides a list of some of the most important words to know in an academic setting 
  • Synonyms.com 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 
  • The flax learning collocations website helps you find words that often occur together, as well as synonyms and antonyms for words 

Writing Mechanics 


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 Graziadio Business School 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.

For new students who started in this current term, you received an email from Grammarly EDU during week three of the new term 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 https://www.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.com or submit a ticket directly from the editor feature with Grammarly. 


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: 

Group Papers