Writing Resources

  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition: the official guide to writing in APA style
  • The OWL at Purdue website provides an overview of writing concepts and APA style.
  • APA Workshop (basic tutorial) and a comprehensive APA Formatting and Style Guide. As you review the site, pay particular attention to these pages, as they focus on the APA style requirements outlined above for this program:
  1. Avoiding Plagiarism
  2. In-Text Citations: The Basics
  3. Reference Page
  4. APA Stylistics: Basics
  5. APA Stylistics: What to Avoid
  • Empire State College's Writing Center's offers detailed advice for using evidence in business writing and for evaluating arguments. Go to “Reference Materials” and then choose “Business Writing.”
  • Dictonary.com: use the dictionary to help define words or the thesaurus to find synonyms or antonyms.
  • The OneLook Reverse Dictionary lets you name a concept and then gives you a list of related terms. This is great for when you can't think of the word for which you're looking.
  • Two books that specifically address business writing are:

Cormier, Robin A. (1995). Error-Free Writing: A lifetime Guide to Flawless Business Writing. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
May, Claire B., May, Gordon S. (2012). Effective Writing: A Handbook for Accountants. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

  • Need a writing topic? Harvard Business School has an extensive list of research topics on all business-related subjects.

Carey Business School Resources

The Student Success Center has a variety of easy-to-follow handouts to help you learn about the writing process, grammar, and APA style. You may also pick up these handouts in The SSC. For the comprehensive APA guide, click here. Otherwise you can search for the topic you need below.

Presentation Skills Resources

  • This website discusses body language, eye contact, use of humor, and knowing when to stop talking.
  • 10 rules of presentations
  • Oral Presentation Skills- A Practical Guide: a comprehensive guide to successful presenting. There is a section designed specifically for ESLs.
  • TED Talks: a comprehensive guide to presentation skills for business students
  • Business English Pod has over 300 lessons that discuss how to use Business English in different situations.

Mobile Apps


  • Dictionary.com: Access over 2 million definitions, synonyms, and antonyms online and offline. In addition to finding synonyms and definitions for single words, enter a phrase and have the dictionary give you a list of comparable words. Siri can even read definitions to you, and there is an advanced learners dictionary that provides additional content for English language learners. Set up the “word of the day” to enhance your  vocabulary.
  • Oxford Picture Dictionary: You can use this app alone or paired with the print dictionary to provide the perfect vocabulary solution for yourself. With over 4,000 terms and bilingual audio in English and Spanish, the app provides the vocabulary essential for effective communication in English. Developed specifically for English language learners, the app is designed to enrich, extend and reinforce vocabulary learning.
  • Pages: This app is a word processor for mobile devices. Create reports, resumes, and documents in minutes.. Also has advanced features like change tracking, comments, and highlights to easily review changes in a document. With iCloud built in, your documents are kept up to date across all your devices. You can instantly share a document using just a link, giving others the latest version and the ability to edit it directly from www.icloud.com using a Mac or PC browser.
  • Penultimate: This digital handwriting app allows you to take notes in class or a meeting, journal your thoughts, or outline your next big venture no matter where you are. An excellent way to take notes during a class, meeting, or interview.
  • Pear Note: Another app to record your notes. You can record a lecture and take notes simultaneously.
  • Instapaper: Instapaper saves and stores up to 500 articles for reading later, offline or online.
  • Grammar Up: Grammar Up is a multiple choice quiz system for English which provides over1800 questions across 20 grammar categories. Improve your grammar, word choice, and vocabulary. The timer setting can assist in improving response times under exam time constraints.
  • Grammar Girl: (podcasts) Listen to podcasts with fun and active themes based on the grammar concept you want to learn.
  • Practice English Grammar: Improve your English grammar with more than 1000 questions, 750 flashcards and 100 games.
  • Grammar App: A simple way to learn and test your English grammar. The app will assess your initial grammar skills and then take tests that help you improve your skills.
  • Grammar Phone: Helps you avoid 25 common grammar errors and remember differences between commonly confused words, such as affect and effect.


  • Blackboard Mobile: Blackboard Mobile Learn™ makes it easier for you to keep up with your courses by letting you access them whenever and wherever you want.
  • Dropbox: Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, documents, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Access any file you save to your Dropbox from all your computers, iPhone, iPad, and the web. This is a great way to open and print word documents on an apple device.
  • Evernote: Evernote helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve your productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, snap photos, create to-do lists, scan business cards, record voice reminders, and it makes everything searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go.
  • Numbers: This is a spreadsheet app that allows you to design budgets, checklists, invoices, calculators, etc. You can add tables, charts, text, images, and formulas.  A great tool for when you need Microsoft Excel on the go.


  • Dragon Dictation: This easy-to-use voice recognition app lets you easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. You can also speak status updates directly to social networking applications, notes to yourself, and reminders. Great for busy, on-the-go college students and supports many global languages.
  • Around Me: Allows you to find out information about your surroundings, such as the closest gas station, metro stop, coffee stop, bank, or take-out restaurant, and the routes to get to where you want to go.
  • How to Cook Everything: 2,000 recipes, 400 how-to illustrations, ingredient information, and techniques. You can prepare a shopping list based on the ingredients you need and plan meals ahead of time. Learn how to cook a variety of international and American dishes between studying and schoolwork.

English as a Second Language

Private Tutoring

  • Universitytutor.com: individuals can search for tutors by geographic area and subject interest
  • The SSC maintains a current list of students who are willing to tutor classmates. If we have a tutor who matches your needs, we will provide you with a name and contact information. The terms of tutoring are set forth by both tutor and student on an individual basis.For all tutoring inquiries, please email carey.tutoring@jhu.edu for assistance.
  • Smarthinking.com: online tutoring and writing services available for a fee.

Video Tutorials