Completing Your Degree Program

In the final phase of your program, the focus is on working independently on research questions. We present the most important courses that may help you during the final phase of your program.

Our tip: Final theses and examinations are very subject-specific. Besides the general courses listed here, there is also an extensive offer of subject-specific information and support services.


Bachelor’s and master’s theses

ZWÖLFDREISSIG – Data research
Nowadays, research data are an essential part of academia. How can you search for research data in the University Library? How can you access the most important databases for your subject? We will give you a short introduction.           

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ZWÖLFDREISSIG – How to find your sources
For many subject areas from history to business administration, historical sources are an important basis for qualitative and quantitative research. We show you how and where we provide historical sources, such as old prints, historical yearbooks, or capital market data from the Aktienführer data archive.

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    Additional information and courses to support you

  • Successful research

    Academic research

    Basics
    In this course, you will learn the basics of successful academic research.
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    Introduction to subject-specific research
    In these courses, you will learn more about systematic and extensive research in the subject-specific databases.
    Course for Political Science | Course for Law | Course for Romance Studies | Course for Sociology | Course for Economic and Business Education | Course for Business Administration and Economics (all courses only in German)


    ZWÖLFDREISSIG – Crash course on the University Library

    What do I need to know about using the University Library? Where and how can I search for academic literature? Improve your skills on literature research and learn more about the offers and services of the University Library.
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    Finding and ordering literature

    Overview on Primo and interlibrary loan
    How can I search the Primo catalog of the University Library? How can I order literature that is not available at the library?
    In this course, we use practical examples to give you tips and tricks for research in Primo. We also show you how you can order literature from other libraries via interlibrary loan and the document delivery service Subito.
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    ZWÖLFDREISSIG – E-resources
    How can I search for e-books or an electronic journal? Can I save or print e-books? Can I access literature of the University Library’s while spending a semester abroad? We answer any questions you may have regarding the electronic items at the University Library.      
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    ZWÖLFDREISSIG – Overview on interlibrary loans     
    We show you how you can order literature of other libraries via interlibrary loan and the document delivery service Subito.          
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    Effective reading

    Reading techniques
    In this module, we talk about topics such as active reading, editing symbols, reading goals and reading strategies.
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    ZWÖLFDREISSIG – How to read better
    Reading for fun and reading academic literature for knowledge acquisition or for writing your own academic paper are two different things. We show you how you can improve your reading competencies for academic literature.
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  • Academic writing and research

    ZWÖLFDREISSIG – Easy writing

    After the examinations are over, the term papers are due. We show you seven tips that will help you writing your paper. Do not miss out on the opportunity to learn more about academic writing!
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    ZWÖLFDREISSIG – How to cite sources

    How do I cite sources correctly and avoid plagiarism? Do you know about the differences between a correct citation and plagiarism? Citing your sources correctly is an important skill to avoid plagiarism in your term papers or final thesis.
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    Bibliography management

    ZWÖLFDREISSIG – An overview on bibliography management
    Bibliography management is one of the basics of academic writing and research. Nowadays, software tools for bibliography management are common. We provide you with a short overview, and show you how bibliography management software can help you in writing your academic paper. We compare Zotero and Citavi.
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    Bibliography management with Citavi      
    This course provides an overview on the most important features of the bibliography management tool Citavi. In practical exercises, you can work with Citavi and see if it suits your needs.   
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    Bibliography management with Zotero
    This course provides an overview on the most important features of the bibliography management tool Zotero. You can work with Zotero in practical exercises and see if it suits your needs.
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  • Self-management

    Time management

    In this module, you will learn more about time management, self-control, learning plans and various planning methods.
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    Working conditions

    In this module, you will learn more about disruptions to your work, how to create ideal working conditions and breaks, for example.
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Final oral examination

Be well prepared for your presentation
In an oral examination, you discuss specific topics with the examiner. It is important to reproduce what you know and explain connections. It is therefore essential to be well prepared. The Studium Generale courses, for example, provide tips and support on rhetoric and presentation.

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    Additional information and courses

  • Learn efficiently

    Self-regulated learning

    In this module, we talk about cognitive learning strategies, resource management and metacognition.
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    Motivation

    In this module, you will learn more about types of motivation and goals. In addition, you will get tips on how to stay motivated.
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    Concentration

    In this module, we will provide you with tips and information for coping with difficulties in concentrating and how you can increase your ability to focus.
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    Effective reading

    Reading techniques
    In this module, we talk about topics such as active reading, editing symbols, reading goals and reading strategies.
    Click here for the ILIAS course

    ZWÖLFDREISSIG – How to read better
    Reading for fun and reading academic literature for knowledge acquisition or for writing your own academic paper are two different things. We show you how you can improve your reading competencies for academic literature.
    Click here for the course (only in German)

  • Self-management

    Time management

    In this module, you will learn more about time management, self-control, learning plans and various planning methods.
    Click here for the ILIAS course

    Working conditions

    In this module, you will learn more about disruptions to your work, how to create ideal working conditions and breaks, for example.
    Click here for the ILIAS course