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Citations & More

Learn to choose a topic, cite and organize your sources, and get help polishing your paper


Students, faculty and staff have free access to an automated grammar tutor and revision tool for students. Grammarly is funded by Center for Online and Blended Learning and Title III.

To access the program, go to and register using your NNU email address. Once you have registered you will receive an email confirming your registration.

   Automated Grammar Tutor
identifies problem areas in writing and delivers instant instructional feedback on over 100 points of grammar.


Revision Tool
Engaging user-interface transforms the revision of text into a learning session that is both structured and connected to students' immediate writing challenges.


Citation Audit
Check your work for improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against a database of 10+ billion documents.

Turnitin Pre-Check

Northwest Nazarene University provides access to the Turnitin plagiarism service.

What is the benefit of the Turnitin pre-check?

  • Create an account
  • Upload drafts of papers, and receive a report on the level of content uniqueness (plagiarism detection)
  • Upload different versions of drafts and/or papers for different classes


How do I set up an account?

  • Review the Turnitin pre-check guide (below) for instructions on setting up an account
  • Contact the Research Help Desk in the Learning Commons to obtain the Enrollment Key and Class ID that you will need to complete the account set up.

Text to Speech

Do you need someone to proofread your paper?  Do you struggle with reading? 

Did you know that if you are using a Microsoft Office product you have access to a FREE  tool that will read your research paper aloud to you? It's really quite easy to install.  Here's how...

Enable text-to-speech

Speak is a built-in feature of Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and OneNote, in the language of your version of Office. For example, if you are using the English version of Office, the English TTS engine is automatically installed.

To use text-to-speech in different languages, see Using the Speak feature with Multilingual TTS.

Add Speak to the Quick Access Toolbar

You can add the Speak command to your Quick Access Toolbar by doing the following:

  1. Next to the Quick Access Toolbar, click Customize Quick Access Toolbar.
  2. Click More Commands.
  3. In the Choose commands from list, select All Commands.
  4. Scroll down to the Speak command, select it, and then click Add.
  5. Click OK.
  6. When you want to use the text-to-speech command, click the icon on the Quick Access Toolbar.

Convert text to speech

After you have added the Speak command to your Quick Access Tool, you can hear single words or blocks of text spoken by highlighting the text you want to hear, and then clicking the Speak command.

Microsoft Office Support Site
[Retrieved from on September 3, 2013]

Adobe Read Aloud

PDF documents need a different tool.  The link above will take you to the Adobe support website or you can download the complete instruction document here.