Must-Have Online Platforms for Grad Students

These two online platforms have been keeping me on my A game during the first month of my doctoral studies. They have saved me SO much time in researching and editing during my busy schedule.  Here are my two must-have grad school online platforms. And the best news is – they are FREE!

1. Grammarly

Grammarly is a free grammar checker that eliminates errors and enhances your writing – whether it be writing an e-mail, posting on Twitter, or writing a paper in google docs. Once you add the extension into Chrome, it will automatically track what you are writing and provide you the correct suggestion.

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Another cool feature is that it sends you weekly e-mails on your grammar results (you can also opt out of these). It shows you a summary of where you tend to be making those common grammar mistakes – so you can change them on your own, in the future.

You can also download a version for your word documents as well. I recommend heading over to the Grammarly website to learn more!


2. Google Scholar Alerts

Google scholar is an accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats.

If you go to the alerts section (left-hand side), you can get automatic e-mails sent from Google’s publishing forum. I use this tool to stay updated on my research for my thesis.

Screen Shot 2017-08-02 at 6.53.21 PMWhenever there is any scholarly research posted, through open access, on precarious work, unemployment or unemployment in Ontario, I will be notified. It is a great way to stay on top of the latest research. And if you actually sift through the articles weekly, this can save you tons of time in the long run.


What online platforms do you use that have helped in your studies?


Would love to hear!


Unit next time,

Christine xo




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