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The textbook addresses fundamental aspects and techniques of academic research and writing in order to provide the beginner and the intermediate student with a solid basis for working on essay assignments, term papers as well as undergraduate and graduate research projects.

The objective is to deliver an easily applicable, yet theoretically profound introduction into the field of academic research and writing, which can be understood without additional literature.

Applying a classroom tested instructional design, each chapter starts with an abstract and keywords followed by a structured overview explaining the chapter’s context und relevance, from which learning objectives are derived. As supporting elements, examples and sample cases are used throughout the book. End of chapter questions and problems deepen the understanding of the chapter’s contents.

The textbook forms part of an integrated educational media concept developed on the basis of our experience in working with students on academic research projects. We aim at combining the advantages of e-learning with the advantages of classic textbook formats. Accordingly, the textbook can be used either separately or in combination with complementary e-learning tutorials. E-learning and further materials are available for free on this website.