Skip to Content
Graduate Writing Center

Nested Portlets Nested Portlets

Web Content Display Web Content Display

Research 


If you’ve ever seen Shark Tank, you’re already familiar with the importance of research. The entrepeneurs have to know their markets to convince the sharks (high-level business people) that their proposals offer something new and worthwhile; without research, they have little hope of being persuasive. 

The same is true in academic work. We typically deal in knowledge rather than products, but the situation is fundamentally the same: knowing the literature in your field helps you formulate and pitch your ideas.

How do you find good sources, the truly key ones, and how do you incorporate them into your writing so that they back up your argument without taking it over?

If these questions have been gnawing at you, sink your teeth into this section's resources. The links on this page offer an overview of how to approach research. Not sure what you're looking for? See our page on Research Questions.

Once you find sources, you'll want to know how to extract information from them effectively; check out our section on Note-Taking for some great advice on staying organized. Wondering how to use that information in your own work? See Joining the Academic Conversation and Source Blending—and be sure to give credit where credit is due with proper Citations. If you'd like some robotic assistance with keeping track of sources, our Reference Software page has what you're looking for. 

For tips on using the library to find what you need, sign up for the next session of our "Research Quickstart" workshop. The library also offers great tips on how to search databases. Additionally, each department has a designated library liaison; they'll be more than happy to help you in your research quest. Want to research smarter and faster? Sign up for our "Saving Time in Research" workshop (or watch the video, "How to Research"). Workshops are offered in the first four weeks of each quarter; you can sign up during workshop season through WCOnline. See the whole workshop list here.
 

Key Research Links

  • Thinking of conducting any research that might even possibly be Human Subjects Research—or have no idea what that means? Peruse NPS's Institutional Review Board website and view the "Going Straight to the Source" presentation.
  • Already comfortable with research but need help on citations? See our Citations section.
  • Also be sure to get acquainted or reacquainted with the NPS Honor Code, which sets forth guidelines for maintaining an ethical academic relationship with the work of others.
     

More Research Links

Web Content Display Web Content Display

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!

Web Content Display Web Content Display

A

abbreviations

abstracts

academic writing

acronyms

active voice

apostrophes

argument

article usage

assignments, understanding them

audience

 

B

body paragraphs

brainstorming

building better sentences tips

 

C

citations

citation styles

clarity

clustering

coaching sessions, about

colons

commas, FANBOYS

commas, introductory

commas, list

commas, nonessential elements

commas, Oxford

commonly confused words 

compare-and-contrast papers 

concision

conclusions

conjunctive adverbs

coordinating conjunctions

copyright and fair use

critical thinking  

 

D

dangling modifiers

dashes

dependent marker words

double submission of coursework

drafting

 

E

edit your own work

editing – outside editors

exclamation points

executive summary

 

F

FANBOYS

FAQs

footnotes

free-writing

 

G

gerunds

grammar

group writing

 

H

hyphens

 

I

ibid.

introductions

 

J

Joining the Academic Conversation

 

L

LaTeX

library liaisons 

literature reviews 

logic and analysis 

 

M

memos

methodologies

 

N

note-taking

numbers

 

O

organization

outlining

Oxford comma

 

P

paragraph development 

parallelism

paraphrasing

parts of speech

passive voice

periods

persuasion

phrases and clauses

plagiarism, how to avoid through citations

plain language

polishing

prepositional phrases 

prepositions

pronouns

punctuation

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

subjects, grammatical

significance

so-what?

spelling

standard essay structure

STEM/technical writing 

style

subject/verb agreement

 

T

technical writing

that vs. which

thesis writing

thesis advisors

thesis process overview

thesis process tips

thesis proposals – common elements                                                     

thesis statements

tone, professional

topic sentences 

transitions

types of papers

 

U

United States or U.S.?

 

V

verbs and verb tense

 

W

which vs. that

Why write?

writer’s block 

writing process