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Welcome to the Graduate Writing Center
Being a good writer will empower you. In a world where security challenges require careful analysis, writing takes on increasing importance. Becoming a strong writer requires practice, constructive feedback, and a solid understanding of technique. Learn how to sign up for writing coaching and workshops, then go to WCOnline to sign up.
Summer Workshops Online
Sign up now for DKL and GWC online summer workshops! Sharpen your research, writing, and critical-thinking skills in 60- to 90-minute Zoom sessions. GWC coaches and DKL librarians teach proven strategies and techniques to help you excel in your coursework, exams, and theses. Offered July 8–30. Enroll via WCOnline.
Students are telling us: write-ins work!
- “The most productive use of Friday prior to the weekend.”
- “Library and writing resources are second to none!”
- "A space to work on projects and papers with other like-minded students."
Join write-ins every Friday, 1000–1430 Pacific Time! Write-ins give you a place to concentrate, write, and make progress on a paper or thesis. Writing coaches and librarians are on hand to help. No appointment required—come for all or part of the time.
Voices Unmasked: COVID-era Poetry
We invite NPS students, faculty, and staff—new and experienced poets alike—to share and discuss original poetry written during the COVID-19 pandemic. Voices Unmasked provides contributors and readers with a platform for creative expression. Discover how poetry improves dexterity with the written word, teaches us to think in new ways, and unites us as a community.
Zotero Examples: APA and IEEE
The NPS Citation Guide now includes Zotero examples for APA and IEEE, in addition to Chicago Notes & Bibliography / Turabian! Next to each source type is a Zotero link that points to a template showing how to produce a properly formatted result. Proofreading remains essential, but with these examples, your citations and references will be well on their way!
If abstracts are feeling a bit...abstract, have a look at our abstracts infographic, which gives concrete guidance about what components to include to summarize your document effectively.
Literature Review Infographic
What's a literature review for? What should it include? How should it be organized? Our quick guide to literature reviews breaks down the process into four clear steps.
Finding & Working with Your Thesis Advisor
This must-see video is the best relationship advice you’ll get in grad school! In 7:40, you’ll learn about 1) how to find a thesis advisor, 2) your advisor's role, and 3) your role with your advisor.
"What's Different About Academic Writing?"
Don't miss this six-minute refresher on the fundamentals of academic writing.
"Plagiarism's Haunting Legacy"
Also check out "Plagiarism's Haunting Legacy" (5:27), a video produced by the Thesis Processing Office, to get an idea of how pervasive and harmful plagiarism is.
Page last modified July 26, 2021