Writing Resources

Writing tools, support, and tips.

Writing Centers

Here are links to selected excellent university writing centers in the U.S.

These sites include guides to all aspects of the writing process, discussions of writing in different disciplines, and help with grammar and punctuation, citing sources, and more.

JHU Style Guide

The editors in JHU's Office of Communications compiled the Johns Hopkins University Style Guide (2015) to "encourage consistency and correct usage of terms across the many publications produced by JHU offices."

 These guidelines include rules for referring to JHU entities and other JH-related topics, such as :

  • departments
  • divisions
  • buildings
  • academic and administrative titles
  • abbreviations
  • paintings and sculptures
  • when to use hyphens (e.g., lifelong, lifesaving, long-standing, long-term, longtime)



Style Guides

A style guide is a handbook that gives details about how to punctuate, capitalize, cite references, and do other details of writing.

Some of the library's style guides are online, and others are in General Reference on M-level, or on D-level in the Blue Labels, in the PE1408 section. They include:

See Citing Sources for more information about citing styles.

In addition, see the Purdue OWL's site for tips on resources for subject specific writing.

Usage Guides

Usage manuals are books that illustrate how to use English correctly.

Most of these are on D-level in the Blue Labels, in the PE1460 section

The best-known guide deals generally with the essentials of how to write "plain English"; this is the classic

  • The Elements of Style / by William Strunk, Jr. ; with revisions, an introduction, and a chapter on writing by E.B. White
    PE1408.S772 2000

-- Gen Ref on M-level
-- D-level Blue Labels

-- online  through Bartleby.com  (listed as "Strunk's Style" on the pulldown)

Several recent usage manuals are quite funny and use clear examples. These include: 

Grammar Guides