Polish Up Your Writing with Grammarly

Submitted by wyckoff on Filed under Library News:  e-Resources Instruction Web Resources

In the fall of 2010, the Centre for Leadership in Learning, together with the University Library and the Centre for Student Development, piloted an online tool to help users improve their writing. Called Grammarly, the site helps you revise your writing, check your work for potential plagiarism, and catch areas where you may need to include a citation. Grammarly is now available on an ongoing basis for all McMaster students, faculty, and staff.

To get started, go to http://www.grammarly.com/edu and create an account using your mcmaster.ca e-mail address. You’ll need to log in using your McMaster e-mail each time you visit Grammarly. After creating or logging in to your account, just copy the text you want to work with from your original document and paste it into the Grammarly review pane. You’ll be able to choose one of several writing types, ranging from longer, more formal documents such as research papers and theses, to short, informal pieces like blog entries. The review process checks your writing in more than 100 areas of grammar and spelling. When complete, Grammarly will take you step by step through the revision process or you can create a report of the suggested changes to use later. We hope this will be a useful tool for all of McMaster’s authors.