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What is Grammarly

Grammarly is an easy-to-use tool that helps you identify ways to improve your writing skills using in-text editing. Grammarly checks your work and provides suggestions on proper word choice, grammar, punctuation, and writing style. This service allows you to proactively correct your research essays before they are submitted. 

Sign up for Free

  • Use the Grammarly@EDU link.
  • Students - Sign up with your email address  (you create your own password)
  • Staff - Sign up with your email (you create your own password)

When asked for a verification code: Login to Brightspace, the verification code is located on your homepage under the tab "NBCC Services" follow the on-screen instructions to complete your registration and download the various office apps.

How to Use

You can use Grammarly by logging in to their website and uploading your documents to be checked, or download their apps can allow you to use Grammarly within Word, Outlook or other programs. 

  • Upload a document into Grammarly, or copy and paste your text.
  • Using the editing tools on the left, you can pick any or all of contextual spelling, punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, and style. You can also indicate what type of document you are working with; academic essay is the most common choice.
  • Grammarly will identify possible mistakes, explain it's corrections and make suggestion. This allows you to not only learn about grammar and writing styles, but also to determine if you’d like to accept Grammarly’s corrections. 
  • Examine the suggestions, then accept or delete corrections. You can also undo deleted corrections if you change your mind. Edits in Grammarly are automatically saved, so you don’t have to worry about losing any changes.
  • When you’re satisfied with your essay, you can simply copy the text and paste it into a word processor, or download your document (for example, if you uploaded a .docx, the download will also be a .docx).


Grammarly apps and added resources


  • Double check their suggestions - some might not be correct depending on the context of the text.
  • Grammarly does not like the passive voice, but it can be effective for many messages. Think about your audience and your purpose before changing all the Grammarly hits to active voice.
  • Grammarly has a custom dictionary - use it for words you use frequently that Grammarly thinks are misspelled.
  • Make sure the spelling is set to Canadian English. British English and American English will not always have the correct spelling. 

Important Note: There is an option to use a Plagiarism checker, but it is not comprehensive. Please do not rely on the Plagiarism checker to ensure you have properly cited references in your work.

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How to Switch from Free to Premium Account

When you log into Grammarly@EDU, there will be a Premium flag by the logo. If you signed up at for free, you will not see that blue flag. You will not have access to the premium features, such as plagiarism checks and changing document types. If you try to access these features, you will be prompted to enter an Access Code or to sign up for a subscription.

To fix this, you need to delete the existing account and create a new one.