Writing Academic Papers

All papers apart from BA and MA theses must be handed in together with the submission sheet which can be found here. All papers must also have:

  • a title page containing the following information: University of Bern, Department of English; title of the paper; name of the supervisor; type of paper (BA/MA, seminar paper, etc.); author’s full name, address, email and matriculation number; and the date;
  • a Table of Contents;
  • a References / Works Cited section.

Students are asked to use the Style Sheet for Literature (PDF, 101KB) as well as the guidelines provided by the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, which are available online at the Purdue OWL/MLA and to discuss particular style issues with their respective supervisor.

Students are asked to use the Style Sheet for Language and Linguistics (PDF, 180KB) and to discuss particular style issues with their respective supervisor.

Plagiarism is one of the most flagrant violations of academic standards. The consequences of plagiarism are accordingly drastic. Please read about plagiarism and its consequences in the document What is Plagiarism? (PDF, 161KB).

"What is Plagiarism" includes the plagiarism statement you must sign and turn in with every paper. The plagiarism declaration is part of the submission sheet to be handed in with all assessed work.

Please also consult the department’s Manual for Writers of Research Papers (PDF, 403KB), which helps you with issues of structure, planning and other technical matters.