Writing Resources for Nursing Faculty and Students
Journal Guidelines, Dictionaries, Links, and Other Resources
- Journal Guidelines/Instructions to Authors: Provided by the Raymond Mulford Library at the Medical College of Ohio, this resource provides a list of links to instructions to authors for over 3,000 journals in the health and life sciences.
- Merriam-Webster Online: Merriam-Webster is the preferred dictionary for both the Publication Manual of the APA and the Chicago Manual of Style. This site provides access to both the dictionary and the thesaurus.
- Pub Med Update (10-14-09): The scanned document was provided by an HSC librarian and summarizes recent changes/additions to Pub Med. For more information, contact librarian Nita Ferree at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352)273-8422.
- Stat!Ref E-books: Requires user to be on a UF IP address.
- Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary: Access through Stat!Ref (requires user to be on a UF IP address).
- Stedman’s Medical Dictionary: Access through Stat!Ref (requires user to be on a UF IP address).
- Council of Science Editors: This site offers a comprehensive list of valuable reference links (from acromyms to technical communication).
- Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC): Access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials, with hundreds of new records added twice weekly. If available, links to full texts are included: journal articles, books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers, and other education-related materials. Search special collections from the What Works Clearinghouse.
Citation Style Guides
Professional Writing: Strategies for Nursing Students
Grammar, Usage, & Style
- Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue: This is a comprehensive site with guides for writing different types of papers and detailed information about correct grammar, punctuation, usage, and APA style.
- Dave’s ESL Café: Grammar for students who use English-as-a-second-language and for teachers with ESL students.
- University of Chicago Writing Program: Comprehensive information related to correct usage and many links to more sites. The following texts from NetLibrary may be useful (access requires UF IP address)
Guides to Grammar, Punctuation, Usage, and Style
- Handout on Avoiding Plagiarism:This handout was created by the CON’s Office for Research Support editor with students in mind. It contains detailed information about what constitutes plagiarism and consequences for plagiarizing, provides examples of original vs. plagiarized work, and supplies links to other information about plagiarism.
- Turnitin Plagiarism Service at UF (for teachers and students): Provides tutorials for both teachers and students to make sure papers do not contain plagiarism.
- Council of Writing Program Administrators. (2007). Defining and avoiding plagiarism: The WPA statement on best practices. (Expert advice about avoiding plagiarism.)
- Handa, A. (2008). Plagiarism and publication ethics: Dos and don’ts. Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, 74, 301-3.
- Rampell, C. (2008). Journals may soon use anti-plagiarism software on their authors.
- Bartlett, T. & Smallwood, S. (2004). Four academic plagiarists you’ve never heard of: How many more are out there? Retrieved December 12, 2008, from Chronicles of Higher Education Web site
Resources for Undergraduate Writing Help at UF
Faculty/Graduate Student Writing and Dissertation Resources
Journal Impact Factors and Writing Journal Articles
Assistance for Advanced Written and Oral Communication Skills
- The UF Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication offers advanced writing help (e.g. research proposals, journal articles, dissertations, STM—scientific, technical, and medical—publishing) via fee-based workshops for faculty and students. It is important to note that these workshops may be hosted by a college: http://web.cwoc.ufl.edu/cwocsite/writingworkshops.htm
- The Dial Center also offers free help for students and faculty who wish to hone their public speaking and presentation skills: http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/swebster/labindex.htm