Writing Support Resources


Turnitin Instructions: Updated 2021

Turnitin is a software application that allows you to check your research papers and dissertations electronically against all Internet and digitized documents to ensure adequate quoting, paraphrasing, and referencing. The software is now available to all GSEP students through Courses powered by Sakai, so you can now independently check your documents and prevent plagiarism.



GSEP has purchased a license with Grammarly@EDU for all of its students. To sign up:

1. Go to https://www.grammarly.com/edu/signup  

2. Click "Join your organization."

3. Provide your name, @pepperdine.edu email, and password.

4. Check your inbox for the email and click on the activation link.

5. Insert this access code when prompted: fwXQZ3uJGfscjucz

6. You should now have access to GSEP's premium Grammarly account.


Download the Apps
To make sure you get the most out of Grammarly, we have some additional helpful features for Microsoft Word, Internet browsers, emails, and the desktop! All components can be downloaded from https://app.grammarly.com/apps or at the links below:
· MS Office plug-in: https://www.grammarly.com/office-addin
· Desktop Apps: https://www.grammarly.com/native/
· Browser extensions:
Chrome: http://bit.ly/1vMojEh
Safari: http://apple.co/1XuN2Hh
Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/user/grammarly/

APA Format

ESL Resources

The Dissertation Process

Links to Dissertation Samples:

Links to some good school-specific sites that provide additional guidelines for developing and formatting dissertations as well as links to text and Web resources for dissertation writers:

Writing and Mechanics

  • Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) – This is a good source for general writing resources as well as instructional materials. Contains an array of information ranging from ESL resources, to creative writing support and setting-specific writing guidelines.

Plagiarism and How to Avoid it

Writing Tips and Strategies (YouTube Videos)

Visit Assistant Manager of Writing Support Julie Stiegemeyer's YouTube channel for writing tips on a variety of topics, such as APA formatting, grammar, punctuation, and strategies for writers.

Julie Stiegemeyer's YouTube Channel