There are many different resources available to you as a student to support you with your writing. Graduate students, please expect and budget for hiring an editor while in-program, especially if you are a student for whom English is a second language.
- Ask a School of Nursing faculty member for a referral.
- Explore the Daily's classified ads in the "Writing/Copy Editing" section for editors for hire.
- Hire an editor through the UW Creative Communications Creative Consultants Network (CCN).
English as a Second Language (ESL) Assistance
- Confirm word pronunciation using the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
- Improve your grammar using resources on English usage, style and composition, or using Ask Betty: Grammar for College Writers.
- Refer often to the definition of plagiarism and how to avoid plagiarism.
- Use Roget's Thesaurus Online.
- Learn how to reference using the APA format; Healthlinks has several style guides available.
- Get additional style guidance tips from the APA.
- If you are considering submitting an article for publication, familiarize yourself with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.
- Explore the various citation styles used for research papers.
- Access writing services available to students at the UW Writing Centers.
- Develop a peer group to review your writing. Finding a few friends with whom you can share your writing (and whose writing you are willing to review and critique) is a great way to not only improve your writing but also to form strong collegial relationships!
- Explore other excellent writing guides: Purdue Online Writing Lab and University of Richmond Writer's Web
- If you would like assistance formatting your dissertation or thesis, see the Companion to the UW Graduate School Style and Policy Manual for Theses and Dissertations on the CSSCR handout.
- Register for writing courses through the UW Experimental College