Writing Resources

Library Resources

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.

For help with your research or any other questions about the library visit Help and Support.

Academic Ethics and Plagiarism

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. Complete information about writing-intensive (W) courses can be found on the University Writing Program website.

Writing Resources for Multilingual Writers

The Writing Center is the first place to go for writing assistance for all writers!

Additional Assistance for Multilingual Writers

  • The Center for Leadership Education (Whitehead Hall 104) runs an ESL consulting service for students whose first language is not English. Consultations last 45 minutes and will help students with English grammar, pronunciation, idiomatic phrasing, and more.
  • The Center for Language Education 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.
  • Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab has online exercises for ESL writers.

Resources for Graduate Students

Dissertation Workshops for KSAS students begin August 21 and 22, 2023. See full description here.

Other Writing Resources at Johns Hopkins (Homewood Campus)

Center for Leadership Education

The Center for Leadership Education (Whitehead Hall 104) 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. 

Study Consulting Program

The Study Consulting Program (Garland Hall, Third Floor) 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.

Life Design Lab

The Life Design Lab allows students to drop in with Peer Assistants or Life Design Educators who have been trained to review resumes and cover letters, neither of which is eligible for consultation at the Writing Center. Peer Assistants are also equipped to answer general questions about jobs and internships.