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NIH Library Writing Center: Online Resources

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An asterisk (*) indicates resources only available to NIH staff.

Writing Resources at NIH

Content Resources

    Machine readable datasets generated from the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.

  • Data Services: Scientific Communication and Data Storytelling
    Information about data services available at the NIH Library, plus training materials on data management and other data science topics.

  • Data Visualization
    Visualization is an excellent method for analyzing, exploring, and presenting data. This guide gives an overview of the different tools and techniques used to visualize data as well as links to several sources for inspiration and learning.

  • FDsys
    GPO's Federal Digital System provides access to government information submitted by Congress and other Federal agencies.


Grant Writing
Many of the NIH Institutes and Centers have developed training guides for their Scientific Review Officers and Program Officers to share with grantees and those applying for grants. The following fact sheets and web sites will provide you with many useful tips to begin the grant writing process.

Photographs and Images

Free online plagiarism checkers:

Plain Language
During the last decade, there was an attempt by federal agencies to move away from bureaucratic and cumbersome writing to clear and direct prose in all government communication. The NIH has been at the forefront of this effort and the NIH OD Executive Secretariat provides a manual of recommendations on how to write more clearly and succinctly. For more information, please consult the following resources.



Protocol Development
NIH scientists have access to ProtoType, a Web-based system that helps you write your protocols. Learn more in this NIH Catalystarticle by Christopher Wanjek.

Writing Resumes and CVs

  • Resume Guide is a resource from CareerOneStop and the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.

  • VA Military Skills Translator and the Resume Builder are available  to veterans via the eBenefits Employment Center.

  • Virtual Career Center

Translation Tools

The NIH Library provides translation services for all NIH staff holding a current NIH ID and who have beenn approved for Library privileges.

Contact Us

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NIHL Writing Center
NIH Library, Building 10

(physical Writing Center located on the B1 Level in the Library)

Website / Blog Page
Social:Twitter Page

Writing Center Collection

Writing Center resources are for use within the NIH Library and cannot be checked out. The Library may provide duplicate copies in the circulating collection or obtain a copy through Interlibrary Loan.

To check the availability of a resource, search the catalog below. Choose the type of search, enter a search term, and click "Go."

If you cannot find what you are looking for, fill out an Interlibrary Loan request. This service is free to NIH staff.