Footnotes


Tips for scientific work

Scientific work could be so beautiful: one reads some texts, lets their thoughts run through the filters of one’s own mind, criticizes and complements, plays through and combines – and writes the results in a continuous text.

As pleasant as the thought is: only novelists or recognized scientists writing in the popular field can allow themselves this kind of approach.

Because it is clear that science must be comprehensible, so should reveal their sources. Only in this way is it possible to separate the origin of the thoughts of other authors from their own results.

For many undergraduate students, the formalities prove to be a major hurdle: Each subject has its own citation rules and already in the question of where a “Cf.” should be prior to the source, and whether comments are better placed in the body text or in the footnote, divorced spirits.

Fortunately, most faculties have guides that cover these topics and show students whether to use APA, Chicago, MLA, or traditional German citation methods. Anyone who wants to keep track of this, however, must be tactical in view of the many types of sources – from an author’s books, to several editors, from anthologies to commemorative publications, to newspaper articles, to brochures in printed or electronic form.

It makes sense to consider the exact citation directly when collecting and entering in the bibliography.

This saves later and often very tedious changes.

Part of the citation and literature management work can also be done by Word itself – provided that the sources are entered exactly and according to a uniform pattern. Especially for larger works such as bachelor’s, diploma or master’s theses, it is important to handle the formalities correctly, otherwise the work quickly becomes confusing. In case of doubt, experienced fellow students, ghostwriters or writing agencies can also help when it comes to implementing the specifications for the formalities of a work with pinpoint accuracy.

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