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Foundations of Academic Writing

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In this series of presentations—mandatory for all new students—you will learn the basics of what is expected of your written work, gain survival skills, and receive an overview of the writing process, whether your task is a two-page executive summary or a multichapter thesis.

The presentations consist of the below topics delivered by seasoned scholars and writers. Slides and videos from the present and/or past quarters are available under each presentation description.

Foundations covers the philosophies, standards, and techniques of academic writing. (If you're looking for an introduction to the GWC and its services, see our New Student Orientation video or our GWC services flyer.)

View the Fall AY2022 video here!

See the full presentation here, which includes the overview, four lectures, and closing remarks (available individually in the drop-downs below).

View on Stream (Fall AY2022, 1:27:11)

Handouts and slides:

Workshops Quarterly Presentations - spring 2014

See the full presentation here, which includes the overview, four lectures, and closing remarks (available individually in the drop-downs below).

Handouts and slides:

This overview explains the goals of Foundations and introduces each presenter.

This talk introduces you to some of the central expectations of graduate school. You will learn where military and academic writing expectations overlap and how and why they diverge. You’ll become familiar with the steps in any serious research process: defining your research question, systematically gathering original and borrowed material, conducting logical but creative analysis, and writing in your own voice within academic norms. Quality source material informs each phase to increase your accuracy, understanding, and potential contributions.

Optional: See Dr. Zachary Shore's introduction to the basic elements of research and writing at the graduate level.

  • Video, no slides (Summer 2020, Dr. Zachary Shore, 18:46)

Plagiarism seems like a straightforward issue: just don't do it. Right? But at the graduate level, most plagiarism is unintentional, caused by missteps you don't know you're making. Do you need to cite common knowledge? When do you need quotation marks? What is "patchwriting," and is it plagiarism? This presentation will teach you what plagiarism does (and doesn't mean) at NPS, the conventions for properly attributing source material, and how to masterfully use sources to improve your writing and critical thinking. 

Optional: View the online, self-paced workshop for an interactive experience!

This presentation offers a step-by-step guide to getting started on writing a paper, overcoming writer's block, and drafting and revising your writing. Good writing at every level involves discovery, planning, developing ideas, creativity, and revision. Students will learn a variety of techniques as well as receive sound advice on what to expect, how to cope, and how to excel while writing papers and building toward a successful thesis.

Students conducting research using the following types of methods may be conducting human subjects research: Surveys, interviews, equipment testing on people, audio/video recording, archived data mining containing PII, and task or work analysis. These types of research are more common in the social science and business fields, but also take place in some STEM disciplines. Please consult your advisor or professor for more information. Or email Dr. Larry Shattuck.

The website for the Human Research Protection Program is here.

These closing remarks describe useful resources from the Graduate Writing Center.