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Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen

How to Write a
Seminar Paper
Seminar: Writing Techniques
WS 2006/2007

Dirk Thißen, Mat.-No.: 184654

Supervisor:
Dirk Thißen

Table of Contents

1

Introduction .....................................................................................1

2

Document Format............................................................................1 2.1
2.2

Specific Guidelines for a Seminar Paper .....................................................1

2.3

Figures and Tables...................................................................................... 2

2.4

Readability ..................................................................................................3

2.5

3

General Guidelines for Documents..............................................................1

Concluding Remarks on Document Format .................................................3

Structuring and Presentation of Contents ....................................4 3.1

General Structure of a Seminar Paper.........................................................4

3.2

Structure of the Introductory Chapter...........................................................4

3.3

Structure of the Concluding Chapter............................................................5

3.4

Other chapters ............................................................................................5

3.5

General Rules on Writing ............................................................................5

4

Literature Study and Usage of Literature ......................................6

5

DOs and DON’Ts .............................................................................7 5.1
5.2

6

DOs.............................................................................................................7 DON’Ts .......................................................................................................7

Conclusion and Outlook .................................................................8

Literature................................................................................................8

2.1. General Guidelines for Documents

1

1 Introduction
Since generations, students are writing preseminar papers, seminar papers, and eventually diploma or master theses. For most students, such seminar papers are the first documents they write – apart from some shorter documents in school. On this reason, supervisors of seminars have to give the same comments about writing style, formatting, literature, etc again and again.

This paper should serve as a guideline for students, helping them in writing seminar papers. To do so, chapter 2 starts with some guidelines about the style of the document. This includes as well formatting of seminar papers as comments on orthography and the embedding of figures and tables. Afterwards, chapter 3 has a closer look to the structuring and presentation of contents. This chapter gives an overview of general rules how to structure a paper, which contents to consider, and which parts are necessary to be included. Also, it is stated which formulations should be used and which should not. Comments on how to include literature in the seminar paper follow in chapter 4, together with some remarks on literature study. Chapter 5 is the most important one – it summarizes DOs and DON’Ts for seminarists. At the end, chapter 6 concludes the paper and gives a look onto future trends in seminar papers and presentations.

2 Document Format
Not only content, also the presentation of material is important. On this reason, this chapter gives an overview how to format the paper in a way that others feel comfortable in reading.

2.1 General Guidelines for Documents
Use DIN A4 paper format, and usual borders like 2,54cm on all sides. Text should be in Times New Roman (or a similar font), 12pt. Some...
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