U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Writing Resources


Acronyms & Abbreviations

Acronym Finder

Dorland’s Dictionary of Medical Acronyms & Abbreviations - 7th Ed. (2016)* 

The Internet Acronym Server 



Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary e


Merriam-Webster Dictionary 


Medical and Scientific Dictionaries

Dictionary of Stem Cells, Regenerative Medicine, and Translational Medicine 

English-Spanish Medical Dictionary 

MedlinePlus: Understanding Medical Words 

Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary

Stedman's Illustrated* 

Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms 

Tabers Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary* 


Grammar and Punctuation


The Elements of Style - William Strunk, Jr. 

Executive Secretariat: Writing Tips and Examples

Grammar and Punctuation Tips handout

Grammar Girl  

Writing Resources from Purdue (OWL) 


Open Access

Directory of Open Access Journals 

Elsevier's Open Access Options 

Wikipedia: Open Access 


Style Guides

AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors* 

AP Stylebook (NIH)

APA Style Blog* 

Basics of APA Style* 

Citing Medicine* 

Cornell University* 

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Sample References* 

NIH Style Guide

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)* 

The Chicago Manual of Style* 

Toolkit for Making Written Materials Clear and Effective* 

U.S. Government Printing Office Style Manual: Main Page/Search* 

University of Wisconsin - Madison, The Writer's Handbook* 

Writing the Curriculum Vitae - Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)


Writing and Publishing Training

Classes on topics related to writing, editing, and publishing are available from the NIH Library’s training program. Look for upcoming classes on the Library website training calendar. 

Plain Language: Getting Started or Brushing Up 

Tutorials and customized training by NIH Library staff can also be provided.