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Writing Resources

Welcome to the brand new GWC Writing Resources page! 

While the single best thing all writers can do—beyond actually writing—is to have a second set of eyes review their work, and while NPS provides its students, staff, and faculty with free coaching from writing professionals for exactly that reason, having additional information geared toward the graduate- and professional-level student can be invaluable, especially for those drafting sessions at 0200! This Writing Resources page contains exactly that—multimedia information on approximately 90 writing-related topics. 

Two Ways to Navigate the Writing Resources Site:

1) Apart from the FAQs, each category in the menu contains what we call a Mastery Sequence; should you wish, you can use this sequenced information to review an entire category of writing knowledge in a systematic way. Click on any of the ten main categories for information about that category and to see the sequence of topics.

2) The All-Topics Index lists common writing terms; click on any of these links to view the appropriate topic. 

*Be sure to check out the Writing Relates to Everything links on each page for some entertaining, thought-provoking ideas.

We hope you find the GWC Writing Resources site to be a treasure trove of writing tips that helps further your mission success. We welcome your feedback at writingcenter@nps.edu.

Other Essential NPS Writing Resources Links: 

 

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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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