The Writing Requirement at Johns Hopkins
In order to encourage excellence in writing across disciplines, the university requires all undergraduates to take a number of writing-intensive (W) courses. Learn more about the “W” requirement, including how to transfer W credit.
Academic Ethics and Plagiarism
- Writing with Sources: A Guide for Students
Written by Gordon Harvey, this booklet explains how and why to use sources in your writing, how to document sources, and how to avoid plagiarism. It is distributed to all incoming freshmen and is also available through the Office of the Dean of Student Life. The 2008 edition of WWS is available online.
- Undergraduate Student Handbook
This important guide to academic policies and procedures for undergraduates is available online.
Other Writing Resources at Johns Hopkins (Homewood Campus)
- Milton S. Eisenhower Library
Be sure to check out the range of resources and the many helpful links that the MSEL offers regarding the writing process, grammar and language acquisition, and research and citation. In addition to the electronic resources posted on the library’s website, you might consider contacting the subject-specialist librarians on staff, who can help you learn to efficiently conduct research on a particular subject.
- Center for Leadership Education (Whitehead Hall 104)
Affiliated with the Whiting School of Engineering, the Center for Leadership Education houses the Program in Entrepreneurship and Management and the Professional Communication Program. Both programs offer a range of writing-intensive courses. The Professional Communication Program, in particular, offers courses in writing for business, industry, and science, as well as graduate-level courses in research writing; it also maintains a small library with volumes on technical and professional writing. Professional Communication also has two dedicated and experienced ESL tutors on staff. Learn more.
- Center for Language Education: English as a Second Language
The Center for Language Education (in Krieger Hall) offers a range of resources that may be especially helpful to ESL students. These resources include semester-long ESL courses. Although these courses require the payment of additional tuition, they are the ideal resource for students seeking to improve their communication and writing skills over the long term.
- Study Consulting Program (Garland Hall, Third Floor)
The Study Consulting Program primarily matches incoming students with trained consultants. These consultants work with each student one hour per week on topics such as time management, study skills, reading textbooks, note-taking, organization, adjustment to college life, writing papers, and test-anxiety. To learn more about this program or to request a consultant, visit the Office of Academic Support website.
- Career Center (Garland Hall, Third Floor)
The Career Center allows students to make appointments with Peer Assistants who have been trained to review resumes and cover letters, neither of is eligible for consultation at the Writing Center. Peer Assistants are also equipped to answer general questions about jobs and internships.
Online Research Help
Your first stop for online research help should be the Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries’ website, library.jhu.edu, where librarians with special knowledge of all disciplines can assist you. Moreover, the library’s website has resources that offer guidance on conducting online research.
- The “Big Three”: Citing and Documenting Sources
This link takes you to the Sheridan Libraries’ page on the three
major systems of documentation.
- Evaluating Internet Resources
This section of the Sheridan Libraries’ site provides a useful overview of criteria for evaluating electronic sources.
- ipl2: Information You Can Trust
ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. To date, thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have been involved in answering reference questions for our Ask an ipl2 Librarian service and in designing, building, creating, and maintaining the ipl2’s collections.
For online English as a Second Language help:
- Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab
This site has exercises for writers whose first language is not English.