Guide to Academic Writing

The Guide provides information on how to write academic essays, term papers, and theses.

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Course Registration

The procedure for course registration differs depending on the class you take. For exact information please consult the respective course commentary.

Guide to Academic Writing

The Guide provides information on how to write academic essays, term papers, and theses. It introduces the major conventions of academic writing, both in terms of structuring your argument and in terms of formal requirements.

Download: Guide to Academic Writing

Suggested Reading

Click here to find a list of central reference works and useful introductory texts.

Click here to find the official reading list of American Studies at the University of Bayreuth

University Library

Please make use of the information sheets provided by the university library and attend an information tour, which is regularly offered by the library at the beginning of the semester. Pay particular attention to the databases available for research, for instance MLA and JSTOR. On the basis of database research you can, for instance, make use of interlibrary loan. To access databases, it may be necessary to use a university IP-address and to use a VPN-Client and a Proxy-Server (click here for a German language info sheet on technical requirements).


An important resource is the E-Learning Server of the University of Bayreuth. There you have access to, for instance, teaching materials and discussion forums of your classes.

Forms for Students

There are several forms you need for your classes. Here you find several of them for download.

Click here to find the central course certificate form (“Leistungsnachweis”) of the “Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät.“ Click here to find forms to register for term papers for the different study programs (B.A., Lehramt, M.A.).

Consultation Service

If you have questions concerning your studies you can see all staff members during their office hours. Moreover, for curriculum and syllabus questions there is a specialized consultation service. Concrete questions about your degree program can be addressed to the moderator of the  respective program whose name you find on the degree program website. And you can, finally, consult with the “Fachschaft Anglistik/Amerikanistik”.

Studying Abroad

Information on studying abroad you can find here.


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