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!
- NPS-specific document: NPS Honor Code, which sets forth policy on academic conduct, double submissions, etc.
- NPS-specific website: "Battling Plagiarism," Dudley Knox Library
- Thesis Processing Office: The thesis processors are experts at supporting students in their efforts to cite correctly, from teaching principles to providing reference materials, from knowing style formatting rules to providing BibText files for IEEE and Informs in the LaTeX template. They offer the following resources:
- Four "Citing Responsibly" guides:
- Borrowing Figures and Tables Fairly
- Citing Bulleted and Numbered Lists
- Citing Equations in IEEE
- Advice for Acing Your iThenticate Plagiarism Review
- Have questions about use of iThenticate at NPS? See our iThenticate FAQs.
- Short video (2:06): "How We Cite," University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Writing Center
- Handout: "Plagiarism," University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Writing Center
- Video (14:23): "Plagiarism: Avoid Academic Theft for Research Success," Grammar Bytes!
- Book: Doing Honest Work In College: How to Prepare Citations, Avoid Plagiarism, and Achieve Real Academic Success, 2nd ed., Charles Lipson, University of Chicago Press
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 email@example.com if we are missing something!