Writing Formats and Advice

Essay Format

This is the default essay format for GLS papers.  But always consult with your teacher about his or her preferred paper format. 

Citing Sources

Plagiarism, or any other violation of academic standards, will not be tolerated and can lead to immediate dismissal from the program.

The Duke Library Citing Sources page offers links to MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian and CSE citation formats.  You can also check out the Research and Citations Resources page from Perdue's OWL.  And if you are using MLA format, you can check out the MLA Style Center.  Because our program is interdisciplinary, you should use the documentation format most appropriate for the text you are writing (e.g., MLA for humanities; APA for social science; Chicago for history).  Typically, you will use the same format as that used by most of the sources you cite.  But always consult your teacher about his or her preferred documentation format.

Advice on Academic Writing

Kent Wicker's advice on graduate-level writing comprises two parts: the first focuses on what makes for a good essay; the second focuses more on sentence-level issues.   

Not all college writing websites are geared toward graduate-level interdisciplinary work, but some still can offer a lot to the graduate-level writer.   Some of the better sites are:


Analysis, Argumentation & Rhetoric