Useful Links for Writers

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These resources are provided for informational purposes only and are not an endorsement by AMWA or AMWA-MAC.

Grammar, Usage, Writing Information

booksAcronym Finder
Find out what that acronym stands for. You’ll need to know the context.

Writer’s Digest
Useful information for writers in general.

Copyright Permission
Copyright permission clearinghouse.

Library of Congress Online Catalogue
Books, prints and photographs, recordings including radio broadcasts.

Dictionaries

Dictionary.com
Dictionary, thesaurus, basic translations (e.g., if you have a word or two you don’t understand in a CRF or report from a non-US clinical trial.)

Websters Online Dictionary

Web Resource Links

About.com
General overall source on all subjects. A part of New York Times Co.

Research-It
Web Search Engine that lets you find appropriate sources for any search category

Sharp Writer
Many web links for writers

Write Tools
Many links to reference sites

Medilexicon
Largest online database of pharmaceutical and medical abbreviations: a searchable database of Pharmaceutical Companies, Medical Associations and Hospitals

Writing Training and Tools

training-2Grammar Guide UOregon
Tutorial: a guide to grammar, punctuation and style for journalists

AMWA Delaware Valley
Delaware Valley Chapter Toolkit for Medical Writers: getting started in medical writing, opportunities in medical writing, books for medical writers and freelancers.

Instructions to Authors
Instructions to authors for over 3,500 journals in the health and life sciences.

Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals
International Committee of Medical Journal Editors

Trademark Checklist
Source for copyeditors.

PR Newswire Experts
Service to give reporters access to experts who agree to respond within 48 hrs.

Science Training

The Scientist
Access to free, peer-reviewed articles, searchable archives include good, basic reviews, discussions of hot papers that are cited 50 to 100 times more than others, and why.

Kenyon College Science Division
Biology lectures from Kenyon College.

Howard Hughes Foundation
Interactive biology lectures.

The Human Genome
Lots of information and articles.

Medical/ Consumer

electronic-medical-records-health-informationMayo Clinic
Tools for healthier lives: diseases, ask a specialist, drugs, treatment, health tools

Web MD
Consumer Health and Wellness

Medical Journalism Resources
A list of various medical journals and websites.

Healthfinder
US Government link to hundreds of health-related organizations; health information. Consumer oriented.

Health on the Net Foundation
Mission is to guide the growing community of healthcare consumers and providers on the World Wide Web to sound, reliable medical information.

Medical/ Professional

PubMed NLM
Entrez-pub med, National Library of Medicine for Medline searches. Citations have symbols so you know if you can access only an abstract or get the entire paper for free. Links to related articles useful—sometimes you can find a related paper you can download for free that will fill the bill when youre on deadline Sunday night.

EMedicine
Comprehensive information on diseases: description, treatment, frequency, morbidity etc.

BioMedSearch
Contains PubMed/MedLine publications (including some data that NIH chooses not to display), plus additional journals and a collection of theses and dissertations that are not available elsewhere for free.

HighWire Press (Stanford)
For free journal articles

Medscape
Resource for MDs and health professionals: diseases, published articles, CME.

Merck Manual
Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy.

NLM Catalog
Journals referenced in the NCBI Databases. Helpful to find a journal’s abbreviated name in AMA style.

NCI Dictionaries
Cancer Terms, Genetic Terms, and Drugs

Accreditation Council for Continuing Education
Standards for CME.

Military Medical Training
Resources: link to dozens of sites offering tutorials, continuing medical education resources and information. The few that charge for service are clearly identified.

US Transplant: Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients
Transplantation, basic information including statistics.

MedBioWorld
The largest medical and bioscience resource directory on the Internet. The portal is currently ranked eighth for medical journals, third for medical directories, and first for bioscience directories by Google™, with: 8,200 journals within 80 medical specialties and 101 bioscience fields, 7,000 medical and bioscience associations, 25,000 Reuters Health and Industry news articles, 2,000+ bioscience companies.

National Guidelines Clearinghouse
Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.

Medical Images

Wellcome Medical Photographic Library
Images for purchase: 160,000 images covering the history of medicine and human culture

MediImages
Links offering biomedically related multimedia material, mostly images (photos, illustrations, etc.).

Organizations

organizationsDC Science Writers Association
Writers and editors from nearly all the major news outlets in the area, public information officers from agencies and institutions, and freelancers. events include guest speakers on timely topics, professional development workshops, mini-symposia.

National Association of Science Writers Council for the Advancement of Science Writing
Keeps abreast of the latest developments in research and science policy. Group health and disability insurance is available through NASW, and membership cards serve as press cards.

National Writers Union
The only labor union that represents freelance writers in all genres, formats, and media. Job hotlines, contracts, mediation, grievances.

Board of Editors in the Life Sciences
Proficiency credentials for manuscript editors (BELS exam)

Council of Science Editors
Science editing and publishing

Drug Information Association
Association focusing on regulatory and clinical writing

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Lobbying association for pharmaceutical manufacturers

Disease-specific Associations

For example,

American Heart Association

National Association of Rare Diseases

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology

Government

cdcFirst Gov
The official U.S. gateway to all government information

US Food & Drug Administration
Regulations: everything official you need to know about drugs, biologics, devices.

National Institutes of Health
US Department of Health research arm. Many institutes within NIH.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Public health topics, diseases, epidemiology, health statistics.

National Technical Information Service
Central resource for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information.

US Census Bureau
Population Statistics.

Kaiser Family Foundation
Health Policy information, Federal and State, web casts, public opinion surveys and archives, policy issue ads, coverage of special conferences: Independent voice and source of facts and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the general public.

Jouhou Koukai
Japanese regulatory documents available in English for the first time (fee to access).

EMEA EU
European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products.

Non-Medical Writing

scrabbleSisters in Crime
Promotes women mystery writers.

Mystery Writers Organization
Much harder to get into than SinC if you arent published.

National Federation of Press Women
Offers group libel insurance, the only one that does right now (may be expensive).

Society for Technical Communication
Software/technical manual oriented

Romance Writers of America
Romance fiction

Other organizations
There are also organizations for those who write Westerns, about cats, dogs, etc.

Fun Sites

Molecules With Silly or Unusual Names

Kate’s Paperie NYC
A writers paradise for journals, papers, pens, etc. galore.

Rite in the Rain
Water proof paper, for field notes.

Coolquiz
Trivia, quizzes, jokes, cartoons, useless knowledge; in other words, real time wasters.

Office Ergonomics
Ergonomic exercises to do while at your computer.

International Stress Management Association
Stress management library.