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.
For further information on the "W" requirement, including how to transfer W
credit, visit

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 in-coming freshmen and is also
    available through the Office of the Dean of Students.
  • Academic Ethics for Undergraduates: A Guide for Students,
      Professors, and the Community

    This important guide to academic ethics at Johns Hopkins is also
    available online at
  • Undergraduate Academic Ethics Board
  • Research and Documentation Online by Diana Hacker 

Other Resources at Hopkins for Assistance with Your Writing (Homewood Campus)

MSEL 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 libary's website, you might look into contacting the subject-specialist librarians on staff, who can help you learn to conduct research efficiently on any subject.

Center for Leadership Education (Whitehead Hall 104)

Affiliated with the Whiting School of Engineering, the Center for Leadership Education houses the W.P. Carey Program in Entrepreneurship & Management and the Professional Communication Program.  Both programs offer a range of writing-intensive courses.  The Professional Communications Program, in particular, offers courses in writing for business, industry, and science, as well as graduate-level courses in research-writing.  Professional Communications also has on staff two dedicated and experienced ESL tutors.  For more information about this service see  Finally, Professional Communications maintains a small library with different volumes on technical and professional writing.

** Please be advised that students affiliated with the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences are not eligible to receive ESL tutoring through the CLE.

Center for Language Education (Krieger Hall)

 The Center for Language Education offers a range of resources that may be especially helpful to ESL students. These resources include semester-long courses dedicated to various topics in ESL instruction. Although such 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. See the CLE’s ESL page for more information:

The Center for Language Education also houses the Language Lab (Krieger 506), which holds digital resources (both DVD and online formats) for language acquisition. Among other things, the Lab has programs that ‘drill’ students on specific elements of writing. For more information, please see their page:

Study Consulting Program (Garland Hall, 3rd 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 program’s website

Career Center (Garland Hall, 3rd Floor)

The Career Center allows students to make appointments with Peer Assistants who have been trained to review resumes and cover letters, neither of which types of writing is eligible for consultation at the Writing Center.  Peer Assitants are also equipped to answer general questions about jobs and internships.

Advice on Academic Writing 

Online Research Help

Your first stop for online research help should be the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, where librarians who have special knowledge of all disciplines can assist you. Moreoever, the library's webpage has resources that offer guidance on conducting online research. Finally, you may visit the following sites:

English as a Second Language