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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.

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. Sign up online
  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 Tips and Tutorials webpage.

For technical assistance, you may contact support@grammarly.com or submit a ticket directly from the editor feature with Grammarly.


General Citation Resources

  • "Should I Cite This?" - A Visual Guide
  • Refworks - online reference, citation, and bibliography management tool
  • 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 8th Edition Citation Style

Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) 17th Edition

Writing Process

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 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)
  • 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

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: