Writing Style & Citations
The body of the manuscript (chapters, footnotes/endnotes, bibliography and appendices) should be written in a style appropriate for your field of study or you school specific guidelines, with the exception of page margins, page numbering and page order. Styles for formatting bibliographies, footnotes, and/or endnotes should be consistent with the chosen style used to format the body of your document. If you have questions about which writing style to use for your field of study/manuscript, please contact your advisor or program coordinator.
The research guides below provide general information on the most commonly used writing styles. For information on style guides or style guides not listed in one of the research guides below, please consult a Reference Librarian (library.gwu.edu/reference/research-consultations) for assistance.
- Purdue Online Writing Lab (PURDUE OWL): see sitemap for links to specific writing styles
- Citation Style Guides
- Citation Tools: includes links to RefWorks, Zotero and Mandeley
- Dissertation Research--Planning, Researching, Publishing
- Research: From selecting a topic to writing the bibliography
The GW Writing Center provides individual sessions for undergraduate and graduate students at all stages of the writing process. If you are working on a thesis or dissertation, writing consultants can help you evaluate the organization, development, voice, or citations. If you feel confident with your content, writing consultants can show you how to edit for style or clarity.
For large projects like theses or dissertations, we recommend that you partner with the same consultant weekly or bimonthly in a series of regular, one-hour appointments. You can sign up two weeks in advance to meet with the same consultant. Face-to-face appointments are recommended. Distance appointments (using Zoom) are available for online students.
Fee-Based Copy Editors: The library's research guide on Freelancing identifies websites listing freelancers and those seeking freelancers for hire, including copy editors.