Homework will probably accompany you regularly during your studies. In addition to exams and oral examinations, the term paper is part of the classic performance review at universities. In contrast to exams and oral exams, you circumvent a direct exam situation with a housework – which many students find an advantage! Nevertheless, housework also presents a challenge.

The preparation

As a rule, the topic of your homework is related to the presentation that you gave in the seminar. That’s why you should keep the literature in mind so you do not have to start over. Most of the time there are discussions and improvements on the part of your fellow students and your lecturer. You should write down this feedback and use it for the preparation of your housework.

If your paperwork is written without the basis of a paper, however, your work begins with the topic selection and research. First of all, it depends on how extensive your housework has to be – the requirements can vary from 10 to 25 pages. Your lecturer will certainly give you the necessary information in the seminar. The scope decides decisively about your topic and your investigation – on 10 pages you can not adequately edit three subject complexes and you should not even try it! It is always better to treat a small area thoroughly and profoundly than just superficially rubbing several topics.

How do I research for a housework?

The first way should take you to the University Library. If your lecturer has created a semester, these are the first books you should take in hand! Use the bibliographies of these books to expand your research. In addition, you can search for additional book titles via the OPAC of your university library. However, you should not only include books, but also search databases for scientific articles from magazines. Articles often publish much more recent results on a particular topic because the publishing process is shorter than a monograph. On the website of your university library, you will usually find the most important databases for your subject clearly arranged.

In principle, you should orient yourself to the latest research literature and not just look at obsolete publications. Even before foreign-language publications, you should not be afraid!

Formal hints

Your housework should also convince by their appearance. The cover sheet and the table of contents should be arranged in a clear and comprehensible manner. Different font sizes and the bold print can help here. The name of the university, the title of the seminar, the name of the lecturer and the semester are given on the cover page above. In the middle is the title of your housework. Below is your name, your postal and email address, matriculation number, semester number and degree program.

The text of your homework should be written in block and a line spacing of 1.5. If you use Times New Roman you should set the font size to 12, in Arial 11. Leave a correction margin of 2.5 cm left and right. After completing the work, it is helpful to hyphenate to optimize the line justification of the block set. It is incessant that you check your work for spelling and punctuation. No matter how great your housework is in content, if your lecturer regularly stumbles over spelling mistakes, this will negatively affect your grading!

Every housework follows the tripartite initiation-bulk-conclusion. You will also encounter this classification later in your studies in your bachelor thesis and your master thesis. The introduction, the introductory chapter as well as the final part of the work should be in relation to the main part – every teacher is annoyed by too long leads and too short main parts! You should also divide the housework by paragraphs in addition to the chapter headings, which you can recognize by moving in the first line of text. A line is not indented after a blank line or at the beginning of a chapter.

You will have to refer to many books and articles in your work and also have to cite some statements. There are two variants for citation: in the body text by means of bracket notes and footnotes at the bottom of the page. Which version is right for you depends on your discipline and area of expertise.

In the bibliography, you list all the sources that you have used in your work. Here, a distinction should be made between primary and secondary literature. The references are arranged alphabetically. Several titles by an author are listed chronologically.

Depending on the subject, you may also need an attachment for images, spreadsheets or other sources. In any case, your housework must end with an affidavit in which you insist that you have written the thesis independently and only with the help of the specified sources.

Content information

It is difficult to provide you with content-related tips, as they are closely related to the respective discipline. In the field of literary studies, the focus is on the analysis and analysis of texts. In the historical area, the assessment and interpretation of a source can be the main concern of your seminar paper. Nevertheless, there are some general guidelines that you should follow.

In a term paper you are expected to have dealt with the current research literature regarding your research question. This not only means that you document the current research, but also evaluate it critically. This will show your teacher that you have understood the tendencies of research and are able to judge them.

The goal of your work is the scientific examination of a question developed by you. Here you weigh facts and arguments against each other and thus look for solutions.

In the formal notes has already been pointed to the requirements to initiation-major part conclusion, but there are also substantive demands that you must meet. In the introduction you lead to the topic. Either directing you to the actual center of the work (such as a poem or historical source) or sketching the methodology. In some cases, perhaps even a brief outline of the research literature is available. However, you should urgently avoid presenting your results in the introduction. For the main part, it is important that your reasoning be conclusive and understandable. Make your thoughts clear to the reader and explain your consideration and assessment of the arguments. Make sure that your work has a common thread and is therefore easy to understand for outsiders. In conclusion, you summarize your key findings succinctly, but you should bring no new aspects and information. You can close with an outlook, which perspectives and questions of your housework could follow.

Beware of plagiarism!

Actually, the following should be clear to you, but some students try again and again: Do not try to cheat text passages from the internet or other sources into your housework and spend as your own. Every plagiarism attempt will be reported to the examination office of your faculty and can have serious consequences. Some universities punish plagiarism even with exmatriculation. Save yourself this trouble and ask the lecturer in an emergency to extend the deadline.

But now an example!

Enough theory – now let’s show you an example of an outline created using Auratikum. After the introduction, the research literature on trauma will be presented and evaluated. Subsequently, the trauma in a novel is examined and interpreted in this literary-scientific housework before the results are summarized in the conclusion.

Especially for freshers or students writing their first homework, Auratikum can be a useful tool to structure your thoughts and keep track! Get help with us for your first housework!