Writing Guides - A Bibliography

This is a selected guide designed to assist New York Medical College students and others to write scholarly research papers and /or theses. The e guide should supplement the School’s official thesis preparation guidelines. Please make sure to digest the official Guidelines for Preparing the Master’s Thesis for the School of Public Health and for the School of Basic Medical Sciences. Most of the resources in this guide were selected form the Health Sciences Library’s collection and are available to use. Please contact Judy Gitlin at judith_gitlin@nymc.edu for questions, comments, and suggestions.

Style Manuals

  • American Medical Association. (2007). American Medical Association manual of style: A guide for authors and editors (10th ed.). Baltimore, MD: Williams and Wilkins.
    Location: Reference WZ345 A511 2007 AMA Style Highlights

  • American Psychological Association. (2001). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). Washington, D.C.: APA. 
    Location: 2 Hour Reserve WZ345 A35 2001 APA Style Highlights

  • International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. (Updated 2006, February). Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals.

  • Patrias, K. (1991). National Library of Medicine recommended formats for bibliographic citation. Bethesda, MD: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services,  Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine Reference Section.
    Location: Reference WZ345 P314 1991

  • Patrias, K. (2007). Citing medicine: the NLM style guide for authors, editors, and publishers. (2nd ed.). Citing Medicine

  • How-to Guides

  • Aaron, J. E. (2007). The little brown compact handbook. (6th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson/Longman.
    Location: 7 Day Reserve PE1112 A113L 2007

  • Amato, C. J. (2002). The world's easiest guide to using the APA: A user friendly manual for formatting research papers according to the American Psychological Association style guide. (3rd ed.). Corona, CA: Stargazer Publishing.
    Location: Reference WZ345 A488w 2002
    About the book: A user-friendly tutorial with information about the APA style for those writing a thesis.

  • Ballenger, B. P. (2006). The curious researcher: A guide to writing research papers (5th ed.) Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
    Location: 7 Day Reserve LB 2369 B191c 2006
    About the book: In addition to a full explanation of the technical aspects of the research paper, this book shows the writer that good research and lively writing are not mutually exclusive.

  • Barrett, E. (1995, October).  Hints for writing successful NIH grants.  
    About the website: Created by a professor from the University of Miami School of Medicine, the site goes through the grant application process section by section.

  • Booth, W.C. et al. (2003). The Craft of research. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
    Location : Q180.55 M4 B725c 2003

  • Browner, W. S. (2006). Publishing and presenting clinical research. Baltimore, MD:
    Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
    Location: WZ345 B884p 2006
    About the book: A practical approach to organizing, publishing, and presenting the results of your research using practical examples and checklists.

  • Byrne, D. W. (1998). Publishing your medical research paper: What they don't teach you in medical school.   Baltimore, MD: Williams and Wilkins. 
    Location: WZ345 B995p 1998
    About the book: Tips on how to plan, collect data, write, edit, and revise your medical research paper.

  • Cone, J.D. and Foster, S.L. (2006). Dissertations and theses from start to finish: Psychology and related fields. Washington, D.C.: APA.  
    Location: 3 Day Reserve BF76.5 C747d 2006
    About the book: A step by step guide to help graduate students in psychology and related fields manage the thesis and dissertation process from beginning to end.

  • Day, R. A. (2006). How to write and publish a scientific paper (6th ed.). Phoenix, AZ:  Oryx Press.
    Location: Reference T11 D274h 2006
    About the book: A guide to assist scientists and science students to prepare manuscripts that will have a high probability of being accepted for publication and of being completely understood when published.

  • Galvan, J. (2009). Writing literature reviews: a guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences. Glendale, CA: Pyrczak.
    Location : WZ345 G182w 2009
    About the book: This east-to-follow guide instructs students in the preparation of literature reviews for term projects, theses, and dissertations. There are numerous examples from published literature reviews that illustrate the guidelines discussed in this text.

  • Garrard, J. (2007). Health sciences literature review made easy; the matrix method (6th ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.
    Location : 1 Day Reserve W2345 G238h 2007
    About the book: A reference tool to aid students, researchers, and clinicians in conducting a search of the literature using electronic databases, organizing journal articles, choosing topics to abstract, and creating abstracts of the articles.

  • Garson, G. D. (2002). Guide to writing empirical papers, theses, and dissertations. New York, NY: Marcel Dekker.   
    Location: WZ345 G243g 2002

  • Glatthorn, A. A. (2005). Writing the winning dissertation: A step-by-step guide. Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin Press.
    Location: LB2369 G549w 2005
    About the book: A practical guide to take you through the planning, writing, and presentation of your dissertation or thesis.

  • Glasman-Deal, H. (2010). Science research writing for non-native speakers of English. London: Imperial College Press.
    Location: WZ345 G549s 2010
    About the book: A practical, user-friendly guide which explains how non-native English speakers can write science research for publication in English.

  • Graff, G. et al. (2012). "They say/ I say": the moves that matter in academic writing: with readings. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.
    Location: PE1431 G736t 2012
    About the book: Demystifies academic writing by identifying its key rhetorical moves, and provides templates to help students make these key moves in their own writing.

  • Huth, E. J. (1999). Writing and publishing in medicine (3rd ed.). Baltimore, MD:  Williams and Wilkins. 
    Location: Reference WZ345 H979w 1999
    About the book: The reader is guided from initial composition to publication including reporting on clinical trials, observational studies and reports and lab research.

  • Lang, T. A. (2010).  How to write, publish, & present in the health sciences: A guide for clinicians & laboratory researchers. Philadelphia, PA: ACP Press
    Location : WZ 345 L271hc 2010
    About the book: Guidelines and techniques for writing and submitting scientific articles, preparing drawing, creating abstracts, posters etc.

  • Lang, T. A. and Secic, M. (2006).  How to report statistics in medicine: Annotated guidelines for authors, editors, and reviewers. Philadelphia, PA: American College of Physicians. 
    Location : WZ 345 L271h 2006
    About the book: Guidelines for presenting statistical results in biomedical journals.

  • Lebrun, J-L. (2007).  Scientific writing 2.0: a reader and writer's guide. Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific. 
    Location: T11 L454 2011
    About the book: Expanded edition with web resources and DVD.

  • Levine, S.J. (1999, September 16). Guide for writing a funding proposal.   
    About the website: A guide in chart format to the creation of a funding proposal.

  • Li, X. (1996). Electronic styles: A handbook for citing electronic information (2nd. ed.) Medford, NJ.: Information Today.
    Location: Reference WZ345 L5 1996
    About the book: Includes citation formats in both APA and MLA style and features many examples of World Wide Web resources.

  • Lunenburg, FC, & Irby, BJ. (2008). Writing a successful thesis or dissertation.: Tips and Strategies for students in the social and behavioral sciences.Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
    Location: LB2369 L962W 2008

  • Machi, L. A., & McEvoy, B. T. (2009). The Literature review: Six steps to success. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. 
    Location: WZ345 M149L 2009
    About the book: A six-step model offering assistance for selecting a topic, searching the literature, developing arguments, surveying the literature, critiquing the literature, and writing the literature review.

  • Mauch, J. E., & Birch, J. W. (2003). Guide to the successful thesis and dissertation: A handbook for students and faculty (5th ed.). New York, NY: M. Dekker. 
    Location: LB2369 M447g 2003
    About the book: A handbook for students and faculty reflecting the most recent trends in thesis/dissertation preparation and research.

  • Ogden, T. E. (2002). Research proposals: A guide to success (3rd ed.).  New York, NY: Academic Press. 
    Location : W20.5 O2 2002   
    About the book: A unique guide to the preparation of research proposals from the perspective of the grant reviewer.

  • Reif-Lehrer, L. (2005). The grant application writer's handbook.  Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers. 
    Location : 3 Day Reserve W20.5 R361g 2005
    About the book: A guide on how to plan and develop a good proposal, states what reviewers look for in applications and discusses changes at NIH and NSF.

  • Rubens, P. (2001). Science and technical writing: A manual of style (2nd. ed.) New York, NY: Routledge
    Location : WZ345 S416 2001  
    About the book: A guide to the grammar, punctuation, spelling, abbreviations, and terminology used in scientific and technical writing.  

  • School of Public Health. New York Medical College. (2006). Guidelines for preparing the master's thesis.

  • Shamoo, A. E. (2003). Responsible conduct of research. New York, NY: Oxford University Press
    Location : 7 Day Reserve W20.5 S528r 2003  

  • Strunk, W., White E. B. (1979). The element of style (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Macmillan.
    Location : 7 Day Reserve PE1408S927e 1979  

  • Swales, J.M. and Feak, C.B. (2009). Abstracts and the writings of abstracts. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 
    Location: Z695.9 S971a 2009
    About the book: Volume 1 of the revised and expanded edition of English in today's research world.

  • Swales, J.M. and Feak, C.B. (2004). Academic writing for graduate students: essential tasks and skills (2nd ed.). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 
    Location: PE1408 S971a 2004
    About the book: Updated edition has an increased range of disciplines and discussions.

  • Wilkinson, A. M. (1991). The scientist's handbook for writing papers and dissertations. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall. 
    Location: WZ345 W686 1991
    About the book: How to use scientific method and incorporate scientific terminology while writing a scientific paper.

  • Zeiger, M. (2000). Essentials of writing biomedical research papers (2nd ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill. 
    Location: WZ345 Z46e 2000
    About the book: Guidelines on word choice, sentence and paragraph structure and how to construct each section of a research paper.

  • Zinsser, W. (2006). On writing well: the classic guide to writing nonfiction. New York, NY: HarperCollins. 
    Location: PE1429 Z78o 2006
    About the book: Warns against common errors in structure, style, and diction, and explains the fundamentals of conducting interviews and writing travel, scientific, sports, critical, and humorous articles.

  • Updated by Gitlin J.r 03/11/2014

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