Writing Resources

Nurses at all levels are expected to have skills commensurate with their experience and education level. This expectation extends beyond technical expertise and includes communication skills. Nurses earning advanced degrees must also demonstrate a high level of proficiency in writing.


Students with the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing are strongly encouraged to engage in scholarly pursuit to improve their writing skills. A solid foundation in research and strong writing skills will serve you throughout your career. The resources below can help.


Academic Success Center (ASC)

The JHSON Academic Success Center (ASC) provides content-area tutoring, writing tutoring, and other academic support services for all enrolled degree- or certificate-seeking JHSON students. All ASC services are free, and almost all of our services can be accessed both in person and online. (Prerequisite students are unfortunately ineligible from utilizing ASC services, as they have not yet been accepted or enrolled into one of our degree or certificate programs.)

The ASC is founded on a learning-centric pedagogical model that requires active, engaged participation from all students who use our services. Our tutors are trained to provide adaptive and interactive support that will help you strengthen your learning and critical thinking skills overall, while also enabling you to develop a deeper understanding of important nursing-specific concepts, skills, and knowledge.

Please visit https://nursing.jhu.edu/asc for more information about our services, policies, and staff, as well as for detailed instructions on how to access the different types of tutoring we offer.

Other Resources


A resource for writing and publishing in APA Style and for developing professional research skills:

OWL – The Purdue Online Writing Lab

This online APA citation guide from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) is an outstanding resource on formatting APA citations. Includes:

Avoiding Plagiarism

Through scenarios and practice exercises, this self-paced course offers key skills for Avoiding Plagiarism at JHU. It contains brief pretests, interactive modules, and posttests. The content is customized to the learner's knowledge and needs.

Citing Sources – JHU Sheridan Libraries

JHU Sheridan Libraries Citing Sources webpage offers resources, guidelines and tools for citing various materials. Includes “Ask a Librarian” chat feature.

How to Read an Academic Article


How to Read an Academic Article guides readers to get the most out of a scholarly text.


Grammarly is used for proofreading (spelling and grammar) and plagiarism-detection. Checks for 250+ grammar rules. It also helps the writer learn about their mistakes so they can avoid making them again. Grammarly is free to use.

ProWriting Aid

ProWriting Aid analyzes writing and produces reports on areas such as overused words, writing style, sentence length, grammar and repeated words and phrases. Provides explanations to assist learning and improve future writing. ProWriting Aid is has a free to use version.


RefWorks is an online research management, writing and collaboration tool. Designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share information, RefWorks also generates citations and bibliographies. No download is required and it is free to JHU students and faculty.

Read&Write Gold


Read&Write Gold offers reading, writing, studying, and research tools. Helps individuals succeed regardless of ability or learning style. Makes everyday literacy tasks simpler, more efficient and more accurate. Read&Write assists in providing differentiated instruction to meet the needs of diverse student populations, including:

  • Individuals with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia or dysgraphia
  • Struggling readers and writers
  • English language learners

This program is available for download to JHU students and faculty.

ICMJE recommendations


The ICMJE recommendations (full title, Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals) are a set of guidelines produced by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors for standardizing the ethics, preparation and formatting of manuscripts submitted for publication by biomedical journals. Compliance with the ICMJE Recommendations is required by most leading biomedical journals.

EQUATOR Networks

The EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) Network is an international initiative that seeks to improve the reliability and value of published health research literature by promoting transparent and accurate reporting and wider use of robust reporting guidelines. Includes: