Writing Resources

Graduate School of Engineering & Applied Science

Citation Style

Chicago Author-Date is the preferred style by the SE department.

Chicago Guides

Chicago Manual of Style Full Guide

Quick Guide

The official, fully searchable, online version of CMoS
Available to NPS authenticated users

imageU.S. Naval War College Pocket Writing and Style Guide
Lots of examples of DoD specific documents

Purdue Online Writing Lab
Comprehensive guide with many general examples

imageResearch and Documentation Online
Especially good examples of specific Web based references

Shows how to create a citation from a "picture" of a source

Systems Engineering Students

Online Guide:

Writing Help from an Instructor:

 Barbara Berlitz, Senior Lecturer in the Systems Engineering department supports the thesis and capstone report writing for MS students.

She available to help students understand the writing requirements for the thesis or capstone report required for the Master’s degree in the Systems Engineering department.  She will work with resident or DL students and give writing related direction in regard to:

1) organizing the paper and developing an argument
2) crafting paragraphs and sentences with the right usage
3) the correct use of citations to document your research.

She does not copyedit or offer analysis of the validity of the content of your report, but can help you avoid plagiarism and arrive at a ‘smooth’ draft.


Barbara Berlitz, bjberlit@nps.edu



SE3810: Systems Engineering Seminar (0-2)

This weekly seminar on topics in Systems Engineering is intended to broaden and extend knowledge horizons beyond material covered in regular classes, to provide opportunities for critical discussion of systems engineering topics, to relate course work to the real world and emphasize the implications of engineering choices on a society as a whole, and to promote good lifelong learning habits. The course will provide operational, historical, cultural, and economic contexts for the material studied in the SE curriculum. It will also promote the recognition of, critical analysis of, and planning for development and exploitation of future military capabilities. Students will be required to read, analyze, and discuss in class at least four books per quarter selected by the faculty to address an overall theme that will vary from quarter to quarter. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis only. Prerequisites: None


U.S. Students
You are welcome to contact the Thesis Processing Office for editing help, and may choose to hire someone from the list of approved editors.  A private agreement between parties establishes payment for services.

International Students
You are eligible to receive free editor services once you are two quarters from graduation.  Check with the Thesis Processing Office.  Costs are covered by the Program.

Thesis/Capstone Templates

Download the NPS Thesis and Capstone templates from the NPS Thesis Processing Office.