Being a design faculty, UE Art & Design's approach is a comprehensive one: Both the practice of designing and the reflection and analysis of designing form a set of corresponding skills.
That is why, throughout your studies at UE, you are expected to put down reflections on design matters in papers that meet academic standards in both form and content. The texts you are going to produce are best conceived of as an interface. In order to be 'usable' (i.e. readable and comprehensible), an established set of rules should be followed. Since these rules greatly enhance your text's usability, they are regarded as minimum requirements for academic papers and theses rather than nice-to-have addons.
Regarding academic research and writing, the Art & Design faculty has issued a number of documents and instructional manuals that are made available here.
The suggestions by the UE Art & Design's theory department on preparing academic papers and theses have been put together in the recommendations on producing written assignments.
All written assignments handed in to UE (either as a term paper or thesis) need to have a written authorship statement attached to them. Please use the forms you can download here.
For theses, UE would also like to ask you to fill in a thesis access declaration, defining the scope of further use of your thesis and exam project.
The UE Art & Design faculty's understanding of what constitutes good academic practice is laid down in a guideline of its own.
In addition to these materials particularly tailored to focus on study assignments at UE Art & Design, there is a number of publications addressing all aspects of academic research and writing available from UE Library. Feel free to come by and discuss matters with us.
Reference managers are software tools that help you organize your paper and manage the resources you use for that paper. They provide support with correct citations and can generate bibliographies automatically. Among the big players in the field of reference management is Citavi for which UE does have a campus licence. All UE students are eligible to obtain a license key here. Please find further support for users here.
As we speak, Citavi is only available as a desktop version for computers running on Microsoft's Windows OS. However, Citavi have announced a web-based version for 2018 that will run independently from your computer's operating system.
Please feel free to contact UE Library with any questions you may have regarding reference managers in general as well as Citavi in particular.