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New Scientists World

Scientific work in a university context is an important basic requirement for successful studies. However, the necessary work processes and digital practice, such as the safe use of software and tools to create papers or a media presentation of developed content, are not taught in all degree programs. In the New Scientists World you will find offers to learn the procedures and processes for scientific work.

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It is important that we adhere to certain basic principles in our scientific work. This means that we should always observe the standards of our respective fields, be honest with our data, critically question results and, of course, respect the intellectual property of others. We should also support each other and not interfere with each other's research efforts.

Scientific work marks a significant step in our academic careers. It requires precision, dedication and the ability to process complex information. We enter a field characterized by rules and standards, but also by possibilities and discoveries.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational materials of any kind (texts, videos, images, podcasts, etc.) that are published under a free license. They allow free access, use and redistribution by others.

With free licenses(Creative Commons) you can decide under which conditions your works can be used by others. You should always observe them if you want to use the works of others.

Seeing through fake news or questionable research plays a major role in science. Why? Because it is about preserving the honesty and reliability of research, strengthening trust in science and using scarce resources wisely. These websites deal with this topic and it is worth taking a look:

  • Klicksafe - EU initiative with the aim of promoting people's online skills and supporting them in using the internet competently and critically with a wide range of services.
  • Research against fake news - various BMBF research projects on understanding, recognizing and combating fake news.
  • Disinformation - an information pool with the opportunity to test your own approach to news, from the NRW Media Authority.

LaTeX is often used for scientific papers, research articles, books, presentations and mathematical formulas. You can use it to create complex documents that look professional. Unlike word processing programs such as Microsoft Word or LibreOffice Writer, which display formatted text, LaTeX describes the content and layout of the document using so-called markup. This requires some practice, but don't let it put you off, because once you get used to it, it can make it easier to create professional documents.

To familiarize yourself with LaTeX, we recommend the following materials (in addition to our workshops):

With the open source software Decker you can create your own web-based interactive presentations professionally. All content supported by modern web browsers, from simple videos to interactive demo programs, can be integrated. A major advantage of Decker is that the slides are readable for screen readers and German and English subtitles are automatically generated for video recordings and presentations.

  • Our HyLeC materials are also created with decker. Prof. Botsch presented the advantages of the tool at the dortmunder decker day 2024. Take a look and test it for yourself.
  • Click here to go to the main page of Decker. There you will find everything you need for installation as well as a comprehensive manual and instructions.
  • Don't worry! You don't have to work through everything to get started. You can learn the most important first steps for creating your own presentations here: Link to Hauer's workshop slides (will be sent later)

Citavi is an indispensable tool for many students. It allows you to organize sources efficiently, structure your thoughts clearly and write academic papers precisely. Thanks to Citavi, you can concentrate fully on the content without having to worry about managing your sources.

  • Here you can find a short Citavi video from the TU Dortmund University Library on this topic.

Several criteria play an important role when evaluating literature for academic research. These include the topicality of the sources, the credibility of the authors or publishers or the relevance to the research topic. It is important to question critically and only use trustworthy and reliable sources in order to ensure the quality and credibility of your own work.

The correct citation of sources is of crucial importance for academic work. It is important to understand how different types of documents should be cited, be it a book, journal article, website or other type of source. Each document type requires specific formatting to properly acknowledge the source and avoid plagiarism. By familiarizing ourselves with the different citation styles and following the rules carefully, we can put our research on a solid footing.