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AbstractHere follow a couple of remarks, which might improve the quality of essays and reports: • Essays and reports should contain title, table of contents, introduction, conclusion, list of references (which must not consist of web addresses only), citations in the text, and numbered chapters. • To copy sentences and small paragraphs from other texts is acceptable, if cited correctly (especially, quotation marks should be put around them). To do this for longer paragraphs doesn’t give a good impression. It is a violation of the university policy on plagiarism, to copy material from other sources without making this explicit in the text. Such a violation might have serious consequences. • The same rules apply to pictures taken from somewhere else: it should be cited where they have been taken from. • Usually, using L ATEXor TEX, a much higher quality is achieved. • Justify the text left and right (in L ATEX, this is done automatically, under Word, there is a button for doing this). • References to literature should be added in a proper way: – There are several schemata for introducing abbreviations, two of them are: ∗ Numbers in square brackets e.g. . 1 ∗ Alphanumeric references, e.g. [Sm98] for an article written 1998 by John Smith, [Sm98a], [Sm98b] if there are two articles by the same author, [AS01] for an article written by Adams and Smith 2001, [ASJ01] for an article written by Adams, Smith and Jones, 2001). – Below follows an example of a bibliography. The order in each entry (author, book-title, edition, publisher, year, page number; note that sometimes one takes an article in a collection of articles – then the author of the book is usually an editor and the title of the book is in italics whereas the title of the article itself is not; an example is  below) and the use of Roman and italic font is particularly important (however one might follow a different schema, as long as it is one typically used in scientific literature). Please refer to bibliographies in other academic books for entries which don’t fit into the pattern below.