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Key Qualification Course
Scientific writing and bibliographic research for students of computer science


Day one

Day two

Additional slides: Finding Literature and Data in Business Studies and Economics

Additional slides: Speedy Reading

Day three


Links and Ressources:


LaTeX installation: LaTeX installation: Platform-specific installation guides for LaTeX/Editor


Additional Information:


Questions and Comments from previous classes:

  • Error message "Cannot execute command" from TeXnicCenter after trying to view your pdf file with Acrobat -> adjust the output profile settings, see here for Acrobat DC and here for Acrobat 10 or 11.
  • How to change the language of Zotero GUI? -> https://www.zotero.org/support/supported_languages
  • TiddlyWiki and Firefox: sometimes problems for saving (tiddlyfox-plugin)
  • Finding LaTeX commands for symbols by drawing them: http://detexify.kirelabs.org/classify.html
  • Difference between \centering and \begin{center}, \end{center}
  • Different authors have to be seperated by "and" in the author-field. A comma will be used to seperate last name and first name. A semicolon will be just looked as any text. Moreover, this often lead to errors like "too many comas".
  • "The standard classes, article, report and book support 3 different font sizes, 10pt, 11pt, 12pt (by default 10pt)." (see here for a nice explanation).
  • WikiBook about LaTeX
  • If you want to include a line for the bibliography in your table of content, then you can try \addcontentsline (see here).
  • In the ACM Digital Library some special characters like : for seperating title and subtitle are leading to no results. Actually, this is only the case in the Advanced Search and not in the Basic Search. Hint: Delete these special characters in your search query or use quotation marks " for searching a phrase.
  • The advanced search in the ACM Digital Library is sometimes including the ACM Guide to Computing Literature and sometimes you have to include it manually. The behaviour seems to depend on whether you are on Campus (or connected via VPN) or just accessing from home. What is working: Add the results from the guide before you go to advanced search.
  • ISBN field in JabRef