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Citations


First and foremost, some crucial points on citations at NPS: 

1. Yes, plagiarism is real. Yes, you may be subject to Honor Board review and other very serious consequences if plagiarism is found in your thesis. With that said, too many students therefore fear using sources or, even worse, fear writing down their own thoughts. We have an absolute ton of resources on citations for you; all you have to do is approach research professionally and ask for help as needed. 

2. Give yourself a solid foundation for working with sources by reviewing this portion of our Foundations of Academic Writing presentation: "How to Look and Be Smart."

3. The NPS library, in conjunction with the GWC, has put together an AMAZING, SUPER HELPFUL citation website that is specifically tailored for you. Not many students in the world cite GAO reports, but with a few clicks, you can find out how. Be sure to check out both the Examples and Rules pages for your style.

4. Considering using reference software like Zotero? See our Reference Software page.

Also see our other helpful citation resources!

Citations links:

  • NPS-specific document: NPS Honor Code, which sets forth policy on academic conduct, double submissions, etc.
  • NPS-specific website: "Battling Plagiarism," Dudley Knox Library

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All-Topics Index


The following index makes searching for a specific topic easier and links to the appropriate place in the sequenced material. We think we have most of them, but please email us at writingcenter@nps.edu if we are missing something!

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A

abbreviations

abstract

academic writing

acronyms

active voice

analysis vice summary

apostrophes

argument

article usage

assignments, understanding them

audience

 

B

bibliography and list of references, difference between

BLUF

body paragraphs

bold

book list

brainstorming

building better sentences tips

 

C

capitalization

capstones

citations

citation styles

clarity

clustering

Coaching sessions, about

colons

commas, all ten rules

commas, FANBOYS

commas, introductory

commas, list

commas, non-essential elements

commas, Oxford

commonly confused words 

compare contrast papers 

concision

conclusions

conjunctive adverbs

coordinating conjunctions

copyright and fair use

counter-argument

critical thinking  

 

D

dangling modifiers

dashes

dependent marker words

dissertations

drafting

 

E

edit your own work

editing – outside editors

ESL resources 

exclamation marks

executive summary

 

F

FANBOYS

FAQs

footnotes

free-writing

 

G

gerunds

grammar mastery

group writing

 

H

hooks

hyphens

 

I

I/we/this paper/this thesis

ibid

introductions

italics

 

J

Joining the Academic Conversation

 

L

LaTeX

library liaisons 

literature reviews 

logic and analysis 

 

M

mba projects

memos

methodologies

 

N

 

non-violent communication

note-taking

numbers

 

O

organization

outlining

Oxford comma

 

P

paragraph development 

parallelism

paraphrasing

parts of speech

passive voice

periods

persuasion

phrases and clauses

plain language

polishing

prepositional phrases 

prepositions

pronouns

punctuation mastery

purpose of research

 

Q

questions

quotation marks 

quoting

 

R

reading with intent

redundancies                                                                

reference software

reflection papers 

research

research questions

reverse outlining 

revising passive voice into active voice

revision

roadmaps                                            

run-on sentences 

 

S

self-citing

semi-colons

sentence errors

sentence forms

sentence subjects

sentence-level fake news 

significance

so-what?

spelling

standard essay structure

STEM/technical writing 

Style Mastery 

subject/verb agreement

 

T

technical writing

thesis 911 

thesis advisors

thesis process overview

thesis process tips

thesis proposals – common elements                                                     

thesis statements

tone, professional

topic sentences 

transitions

types of nouns

types of papers

 

U

underlining

United States or U.S.?

 

V

 

verbs and verb tense

 

W

why cite: a writer’s perspective

why write?

writer’s block 

writing process

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