Wednesday, March 3, 2010
PaperRater - Free Grammar Checker
What a great idea! PaperRater is a place for students to submit work and find out about their paper. With no download necessary. Not only does it check grammar, but it will also check for spelling, Plagiarism, and offer writing suggestions. It will also help with readability, word choice, and style. The site is completely free with plans in the works for a premium version.
To use the software, all you have to do is type in the title and then copy and paste your paper into the "textbox." It also provides a place to copy and paste your references. I copy and pasted a paper from college as a trial. It was over 15 pages and included references and charts. It took a short time for it to process the long document.
The screen then allows you to sort through your paper based on Originality/Plagiarism, Spelling, Grammar, Word Choice, Style, and Vocabulary Words. It even explains why it is saying you have done something wrong. Spelling Corrections are in red, Grammar in Green, Word Choice in Blue. It does a great job of breaking down your use of different conjunctions, pronouns, verbs, etc.
The only part that was confusing was the Vocabulary Words - It gives you a percentage of vocabulary word usage. My guess is that based on the title and references the software is looking for a certain percentage of words. As a plus, it does have a vocabulary builder to help improve your vocabulary.
I am really impressed with this software. Something tells me AP students would really benefit. It would also really help with Portfolios, because it recognized what Word Grammar and Spell Checker missed.