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GUIDLINES
FOR
WRITING
A
RESEARCH
PAPER
 
 
 RESEARCH
(Where
to
find
primary
and
secondary
material)
 


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 Evaluate
sources
you
find
according
to
authority,
accuracy,
and
currency.
 
 
 PLAGIARISM
(How
not
to
use
research
material)
 


University
of
Innsbruck
library
(ALEPH
library
catalogue)
 Humanities
library
(Bruno
Sander
Haus,
ground
floor)
 Databases:
Many
databases
can
only
be
accessed
via
the
university
network.
Use
a
computer
at
the
university
 or
install
a
VPN
client
to
log
on
to
the
system.
You
find
the
portal
to
access
databases
on
the
university
library
 website:
http://ub.uibk.ac.at.
Some
databases
provide
full
text
material,
others
provide
sources
for
articles
and
 books
which
you
have
to
cross‐check
with
the
library
holdings.
The
most
important
databases
for
research
in
 American
Studies
are:
 o MLA
International
Bibliography
 o Metalib
 o JSTOR
 o Academic
Search
Premier
(via
EBSCO
host)
 o Contemporary
Authors
 o Literature
Online
 o Periodicals
Index
Online
 Video
Archive:
The
Department
of
American
Studies
has
its
own
video
archive
where
DVDs
and
videos
can
be
 checked
out
free.
Check
the
department’s
website
for
more
information.
 Internet:
Well
used,
the
Internet
can
be
a
great
source
for
your
research.
However,
always
double‐check
the
 quality
of
websites,
the
provider,
and
the
author’s
expertise
and
authority.
The
rule
of
thumb
is:
If
you
cannot
 find
all
the
information
you
need
for
a
complete
and
decent
bibliographic
entry,
it
is
not
a
source
worth
using.


Plagiarism
is
the
use
of
other
people’s
research
achievements
or
ideas
and
passing
them
on
as
your
own
or
using
 them
without
proper
acknowledgement.
Sources
must
be
provided
for
direct
quotes,
summaries,
and
paraphrases
of
 other
people’s
work
or
ideas.
For
details
on
how
to
avoid
plagiarism
see
chapter
2
of
the
MLA
Handbook.
Course
 instructors
have
access
to
tools
that
reveal
plagiarism.
Students
who
plagiarize
will
be
failed.

 
 
 TOPIC/THESIS
(What
your
paper
should
focus
on)
 


Before
you
start
writing:
 ‐ Find
a
topic
 ‐ Choose
a
focus
 ‐ Phrase
a
research
question
 ‐ Phrase
your
thesis
statement
(which
should
be
included
in
your
introduction)
 Information
that
is
not
important
for
your
thesis
statement
does
not
belong
in
your
paper.
Therefore,
avoid
lengthy
 information
about
authors,
plots,
characters,
periods,
genres,
etc.
Focus
on
information
that
answers
your
research
 question(s)
and
that
is
essential
to
prove
your
thesis
statement.
 
 
 FORMAT
(What
you
paper
should
look
like
when
you
hand
it
in)
 


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schwarz


Din
A4
format
 double
spaced
(everything,
including
footnotes
and
bibliography)
 margins
(standard
margins,
i.e.
2.5
cm
on
each
side)

 font
size:
12
 page
numbers
on
the
top
or
bottom
of
each
page,
preceded
by
your
last
name
 The
length
of
papers
required
may
vary
and
is
defined
by
your
course
instructor.
General
guidelines
are
10‐15
 pages
(3,000‐5,000
words)
for
proseminar
papers,
15‐20
pages
(5,000‐7,000
words)
for
seminar
papers,
and
 80‐120
pages
(26,000‐40,000
words)
for
diploma
theses.
 Before
you
start
writing,
make
sure
 o your
word
processing
program
is
switched
to
“English”
(in
menu
item
“Extras”
and
“Language”;
this
 way
quotation
marks
will
appear
correctly
as
“text“
instead
of
„text“)
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o o

the
spell
checker
is
switched
on
(in
menu
item
“Extras”
and
“Spelling
and
Grammar”
and
then
 “Options…”)
 German
auto
corrections
are
disabled,
e.g.
Word
often
auto‐corrects
“its”
to
“ist”
(to
edit
this
 function
enter
menu
item
“Extras”
and
“Auto
Corrections”
and
delete
the
entry
from
the
list)



 When
you
hand
in
papers,
the
sheets
should
be
pinned
together
with
a
paperclip
or
simply
put
into
a
file
jacket.
Do
 NOT
put
every
single
sheet
into
a
sheet
protector!
Do
NOT
put
papers
into
expensive
binders,
portfolios,
or
folders!

 
 
 STRUCTURE
(How
your
paper
should
be
structured)
 


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paper
with
chapters
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