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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.
  • Lists of Journals Indexed for Index Medicus and Serials Indexed for Online Users: The National Library of Medicine’s lists of indexed journals and serials with abbreviations. Link goes to the terms of use; at the bottom of that page are links to the two lists.
  • 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 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

Avoiding Plagiarism

Resources for Undergraduate Writing Help at UF

Faculty/Graduate Student Writing and Dissertation Resources

Nursing Publishers

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:
  • The Dial Center also offers free help for students and faculty who wish to hone their public speaking and presentation skills: