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.
- MSEL Events and Workshops. The library regularly hosts informational sessions and workshops to improve your research skills. Check out their full calendar at the above link.
Academic Ethics and Plagiarism
- Undergraduate Student Handbook lists academic policies and procedures for undergraduates.
- Undergraduate Academic Ethics Board
- Avoiding Plagiarism at JHU Tutorial. After logging into the JHU Portal, go to Education > myLearning to access the Tutorial.
- EduMed is an online resource for helping determine what may constitute cheating/plagiarism as an online student.
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 Expository Writing Program website.
English as a Second Language Help
- 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: English as a Second Language 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.
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.