The formal requirements issued by the WiSo Examination Office are part of this document and must be complied with at all times!
The following declaration from the student has to be attached to the master/diploma thesis:
„Hiermit versichere ich an Eides Statt, dass ich die vorliegende Arbeit selbstständig und ohne die Benutzung anderer als der angegebenen Hilfsmittel angefertigt habe. Alle Stellen, die wörtlich oder sinngemäß aus veröffentlichten und nicht veröffentlichten Schriften entnommen wurden, sind als solche kenntlich gemacht. Die Arbeit ist in gleicher oder ähnlicher Form oder auszugsweise im Rahmen einer anderen Prüfung noch nicht vorgelegt worden.“
Translation (do not paste to your paper): ”I hereby declare on oath that I have written this thesis solely on my own and used only the specified resources. All passages which have been taken from published or unpublished are marked as such. The paper has not been submitted in the same or in a similar form or in part in the context of another examination.”
Every student who submits a master/diplome thesis has to attach a CD with the contents of his/her diploma/master thesis (as a PDF file or Word document).
When submitting his/her work he/she agrees at the same time that the diploma/master thesis can be checked with plagiarism software.
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Exactly 60 pages, including tables and figures (§ 19 Abs. 6 DPO) without lists.
Please first include before the text a table of contents as well as a list of figures and a list of tables if applicable (together with the page numbers) as well as an alphabetical list of abbreviations. A bibliography of cited literature should be added after the text.
Tables and figures should be incorporated into the text, they should be numbered in ascending order and should be given a heading and labelled with their source.
Only in exceptional cases and after consultation with the lecturer, should tables and figures be attached as appendices without any page numbers.
The list of abbreviations, if given, should not contain any common abbreviations.
Cover sheet without numbering. Please use Roman numerals (i, ii, iii, iv, …) for lists preceding the main text and Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, 4, …) for numbering the main text and for any lists which follow. Footnotes must be numbered in ascending order.
Quoting both in the text itself (in brackets) and at the bottom of the page with consecutively numbered footnotes is allowed. You have to remain constant with one of these styles throughout your entire paper.
A direct quote must be indicated with quotation marks (“…”).
Omissions must be marked with three dots ‘…’, insertions in [square brackets].
If a source refers to another source, you have to quote the original source (and write it in the bibliography). Separate the source you are citing with a comma with and insert ‘cit. in’: Example: Petersen 1995, 28, cit. in Schmitz 1997, 34.
If the quotation refers to a certain page, use “p.” plus the page number. If your quotation refers to more than one page, use “pp.”.
Each quotation should include the name of the author, year of publication and page number.
If the author is not known (for example in information brochures, newspapers, internet sources) please use the name of the publishing body. If this is also not known, then the word ‘authorless’ should be put in front of the year.
Up to three authors should be separated by a slash: ‘name 1/name 2/name 3, page reference(s)’
If there are more than three authors, only the main author should be mentioned with the affix ‘et al.’: ‘surname et al. year, page reference(s)'
If different authors with the same surname are cited, the author’s name must be followed by his/her initial: ‘name, initial. year, page reference(s)’
If your bibliography includes a number of articles from the same author or from an unknown source and the same year, these articles need to be differentiated between by using small Latin letters behind the year (beginning with “a” and alphabetically sorted by title): ‘name 2018a, page reference(s)’ This should correspond with the bibliography of cited literature.
If you use internet sources only websites may be cited starting with ‘www’. The above mentioned quotation rules apply. If the URL consists of several pages, the page number (if available) or chapter must be stated.
The bibliography must be arranged in alphabetical order according to the author’s name. In contrast to brief information in the text as mentioned above, every source in the bibliography must be given in detail.
Name, First name initials. (Year): Full title. Edition (if not the first). Place of Publication: Publisher.
Name, First name initials. (Year): Full title. In: Name of journal, Volume(Issue). Page reference(s).
one author: Name, First name initials. (Year): Full title. In: Name of editor(s), Initials of editor(s) (eds.): Title of edited volume. Collected edition or Series. Number of edition. Place of publication: Publisher, Page reference(s).
various authors: Name, First name initials; Name, First name initials; Name, First name initials. (Year): Full title. In: Name of editor, First name initials; Name of editor, First name initials; Name of editor, First name initials (eds.): Title of edited volume. Place of publication, Place of publication, Place of publication: Publisher, Page reference(s).
Name, First name initials. (Year): Title of article: Online: URL [Date]
The exact name of the URL must be given, http://www.uni-koeln.de would not be sufficient!
• All authors must be listed and separated by semicolons.
• In the case of more than three editors or places of publication, only the main editor needs to be listed plus “et al.” or only the main place of publication needs to be listed with the addition “pp.”.
Bathelt, H.; Glückler, J. (2003): Wirtschaftsgeographie. Ökonomische Beziehungen in räumlicher Perspektive. 2nd edition. Stuttgart: ABC-Verlag.
Fredmann, J. (1996): Standort. In: Europa Regional, 12(9), 23-54.
Sternberg, R. (1995): Technologie- und Gründerzentren als Instrument kommunaler Wirtschafts- und Technologieförderung. In: Ridinger, R.; Steinröx, M. (ed.): Regionale Wirtschaftsförderung in der Praxis. Köln: Schmidt, 201-224.
Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeographisches Institut (2005): Formalia zur Anfertigung von Hausarbeiten im Wahlpflichtfach Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeographie. Online: http://www.wigeo.uni-koeln.de/studium/formalia/hausarbeiten/ [September 18th 2020]
Fuchs, M. (1999). Erwerbsbedingungen und –strategien der Bevölkerung in Puebla (Mexiko). Wirkungen der Krise 1994/1995 unter Berücksichtigung von Globalisierung und nationaler Regulation. Düsseldorfer Geographische Schriften, 38. Düsseldorf: Heinrich-Heine-Universität.
Your entire paper needs to be written in English (except for the declarations mentioned at the beginning)! Formal deficits will result in grade deductions.
Focus on only one central issue, not on several.