Answered By: Bob Glass
Last Updated: Apr 05, 2023     Views: 5016

Academic Writer provides teaching and learning resources to guide students and faculty through all the stages of researching, writing, and properly citing research in education, psychology, and the other social sciences.

1. To access Academic Writer, you must use the URL on the Library's website. You can find that link on the Online Resources A-Z pages by title:

As expected if you're off-campus, you'll be asked to log in to identify yourself as a Piedmont University student. After you log in to OpenAthens for identification, you'll be directed to Academic Writer.

2. On your first visit to Academic Writer, you must create a personal account to have access to all the features of the service. Click on Welcome in the title bar; then click on Login. When the Login form opens, click on Create an Account.

You must use your Piedmont University email address as your username. While you can use any password you choose, we suggest you use your Piedmont University password, for simplicity. You do not need to fill in contact or other personal information on the user profile.

3. After you have created your personal account, you must continue to use the URL provided on the Library's Online Resources page for access. (Note: this can be done from a link provided within a Canvas course.)

4. Remember that you must always log in to your personal account at Academic Writer to use all its features.

5. APA says that the following browsers are the only ones that should be used with with Academic Writer, and says you should allow popup windows for full functionality:

  • MacOS: Safari, Chrome, Firefox
  • Windows: Chrome, Firefox
  • APA says specifically that you should not use Internet Explorer; nor should you use any version, old or new, of Microsoft Edge.

5. Here is an FAQ to help troubleshoot common issues with Academic Writer.

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