DID YOU KNOW? Library provides free writing app to Southwest students

By Patrick O'Daniel, Executive Director of Library Services

Need help with your writing assignment? Southwest’s library services has a solution. It's called Grammarly, a popular online writing app that is free to Southwest students and faculty.

Grammarly is an easy to use grammar and spelling assistant that suggests spelling, grammar and style changes in real time. It also gives customized checks for different document types, a plagiarism filter, and a function to help expand vocabulary.

How does Grammarly work? The app checks your writing against its database of content and style errors, then underlines critical spelling and grammatical mistakes in red; stylistic errors in yellow. Hovering the cursor over any mistake brings up a detailed explanation of the error and gives the option to correct.

Grammarly also sends weekly reviews of writing activity, and provides users with common errors.  While no spell-check or grammar program is perfect, Grammarly is far more detailed than the built-in grammar checkers of Google Docs and Office 365.

To sign-up for your Grammarly account, visit the library’s “How do I…” page.