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Grammarly is a digital writing tool that provides grammar and spell checking,  plagiarism detection services, and suggestions about writing clarity, concision, vocabulary, style, and tone.

Grammarly helps students find and correct low-level errors in their written work and avoid inadvertent plagiarism. Requiring students to check their work in Grammarly before turning it in allows instructors to focus more on higher-level issues such as critical thinking, creativity, and demonstration of learning. 

Although Grammarly does not currently integrate with Canvas, it does have a report feature that can support course integration. 


  • State-of-the-art error correction via natural language processing and machine learning techniques
  • Integrates across platforms, applications, and devices
  • Particularly effective at correcting errors of ESL writers
  • The report function allows students to demonstrate that they’ve checked their work

Getting Started

To get the most out of Grammarly, make sure it’s installed in all the places you do your writing. Visit the apps page at

Online Documentation


  1. Go to
  2. Provide your name, Iowa State email address, and a unique, memorable password (Single sign-on through Okta will be coming later).
  3. Check your inbox for the email and click on the activation link.

If you already have a free Grammarly account associated with your ISU email address …

  1. Log out of your individual account using this link:
  2. Go to and log in to your account again.
  3. Check your email (inbox and spam folder) for a confirmation email and click the link it contains. You will be directed to the right page for the next step.


You’re all caught up on Grammarly news.

Canvas Release (October 2020)

In the October 17, 2020 Canvas Release, the Global Navigation Menu includes a Recent History link, the user-level Notifications page has been updated, and the MathJax JS library has been improved to render equations in a more accessible format.