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Writing resource help

Please visit the Fellowship and Grant Resources page for information related specifically to writing grants and fellowships.

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Individual Support

Request an appointment with our Life Sciences Writing Specialist, Elaine Smolock, for your writing assistance needs.

Books from the CPD Lending Library

Check out books from the CPD Lending Library. To check something out, visit our office in G-9556 or email us with your request.

The Craft of Research, 2nd edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)
By Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams

Essentials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers
By Mimi Zeiger

How to Write a Thesis
By Umberto Eco

How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper
By Robert A. Day and Barbara Gastel

How to Write, Publish, and Present in the Health Sciences: A Guide for Physicians and Laboratory Researchers
By Thomas A. Lang

Internet, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method
By Don A. Dillman, Jolene D. Smyth, Leah Melani Christian

A Short Guide to Writing About Biology, 5th edition
By Jan A. Pechenik

Successful Scientific Writing: A Step-By-step Guide for the Biological and Medical Sciences
By Janice R. Matthews, John M. Bowen, Robert W. Matthews

Writing Science: How to Write Papers that Get Cited and Proposals that Get Funded
By Joshua Schimel


Scientific Writing: Principles and Practice (IND 414)

IND 414, Scientific Writing: Principles and Practice, is a course for graduate students at all levels, taught by a PhD in English who has extensive experience with scientific writing. All students will work on a single document throughout the semester: a grant proposal, research article, or a portion of a thesis. Students will turn in a series of writing assignments, receive detailed critiques, and complete the document by the end of the course. Classes will include didactics on grant and article writing, and interactive discussion of writing samples that demonstrate common writing problems. Discussions will also include group reviews of student documents in progress.

Recent Seminars and Workshops

Writing About Data
By Dr. Denise A. Kaminski, Department of Medicine

Online Resources


Why Academics Stink at Writing and How to Fix It
From the Chronicle of Higher Education, by Steven Pinker, Michael C. Munger, Helen Sword, Rachel Toor, Theresa MacPhail


Writing in the Sciences
From Coursera, by Stanford University


On Scholarly Writing is used to discuss productivity, craft, and anything else that pertains to the writing life.
From the Chronicle of Higher Education's Vitae


Elsevier Researcher Academy offers free online training and advice for publishing academic research