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Writing Resources

Are you a Hopkins Public Health student wanting help developing or adding to your writing skills? If so, there are a number of classes available to you right on campus and most of them are free! Please see the websites indicated for more information or to sign up.

English for Academic Purposes (550.001):
This course focuses on academic writing skills including documentation styles, and combines Saturday class meetings with online assignments and one individual conference.  The goal of this course is to improve and enhance writing styles of currently enrolled students in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Click here for more information. 

Biomedical Communications: An Introduction to Grant Writing, Writing a Research Paper, and Presenting a Scientific Talk focuses on writing a research plan for peer-reviewed grant applications, the basic elements of peer-reviewed publications, and developing, organizing, and presenting a scientific talk. It is free and offered during the January winter intersession. Click here for more information, or e-mail for more information. Advance registration through the Professional Development Office is required.

There are a number of writing and research guides available within the JHU Libraries Catalog as well as other university and public libraries:

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition. Washington, DC : APA, 2010
          Multiple copies can be found throughout the Hopkins Libraries:
          Also online, tutorials on the APA Style:  

Hall, George. How to write a paper class="normal", 4th edition. London : BMJ Pub. Group, 2008
          Only copy is at the Wilmer Library in the Hospital.

          The 1998 edition is available at the Welch Library  (WZ 345 H847 1998)

Harris, Robert. Using sources effectively: strengthening your writing and avoiding plagiarism. Los Angeles : Pyrczak Publishing, 2002
          Lilienfeld Collection -- Stack Level 5, Welch Library  (LB2369 .H37 2002)

Huth, Edward. How to write and publish papers in the medical sciences. Baltimore : Williams & Wilkins, 1990
          Welch Books - Stack Level 5, Welch Library (WZ 345 H979h 1990)

Mauch, James E., and Jack W. Birch. Guide to the successful thesis and dissertation: conception to publication: a handbook for students and faculty. 4th edition. New York: M. Dekker, 1998
          Online at :

Meyer, Michael. The Little, Brown guide to writing research papers. Boston: Little, Brown, 1985
          Welch Books - Stack Level 5, Welch Library (LB 2369 M613L 1982)

Murrell, George, Christopher Huang, and Harold Ellis. Research in medicine: a guide to writing a thesis in the medical sciences. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990
          Welch Audiovisual -- Libraries Service Center class="status" (W 20 M984r 1990)