MA Level Writing and Literature Research Workshop: Plagiarism, Academic Register and Other Troublesome Beasts

Dear colleagues,

this semester we, your student reps, together with librarian Karin Lach (English and American Studies Library), are offering a writing workshop targeting specifically the subjects of plagiarism, academic writing and using sources. The aim of this workshop is guiding a group of up to 25 students through the basics of academic writing as practised in courses held at the English Department of Vienna University. It is completely free of charge for students of the English Department, and will be held in English.

We would like to especially invite MA students who have moved to Vienna University from other universities. As we have seen over the course of the last couple of semesters, academic writing practices vary greatly across institutions and national cultures, and we would like to give you as much help as possible to make your studies at Vienna university a success. While there are no explicit departmental standards of academic writing, we are able to draw on our experience of academic writing for courses, our understanding of expectations by academic teachers and the two departmental style sheets to enable you to understand the local context of academic writing.

While our workshop is targeted at MA level academic writing, we welcome applications by advanced BA students who have just started at Vienna University. Please understand that MA level students will have precedence.

There are three main topics that will be dealt with in the course of the workshop. The first will discuss plagiarism, our department’s rules concerning plagiarism, and strategies to avoid plagiarising someone’s work unintentionally. The next section concerns writing a shorter academic paper. Finally, we will go over the basics of academic research using the resources provided by the university and university libraries. There will be time left at the end for questions or discussions.

All topics will feature exercises to familiarise you with the contents. If possible, please bring your own laptop, as the research part of the course will be done mainly via computer.

The workshop will take place on April 22nd, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the English and American Studies Library’s TV Room (in the library, first floor, on the left). Please bring ID and take a locker for any bags, jackets or coats before going to the room.

If there are more applications than places, additional workshops may be offered. Please indicate whether you would like to be put on a waiting list and be contacted when new workshops are offered.

You will be excused from class for the time of the workshop (see below).

How does the registration work?

You should register by Monday, April 18th. Please send an email to

The e-mail should contain the following information:

  • your first and last name
  • your subject (BA or MA – MA students will be given priority)
  • your student number (Matrikelnummer)
  • if you have a laptop or tablet of your own
  • if you need to be excused from your class, please tell us the course and the name of your instructor, or e-mail this information directly to the Director of Studies Dr. Christiane Dalton-Puffer at
  • whether you would like your name to go on a waiting list if there are no places left

You will be contacted to let you know whether your registration has been successful. Please let us know by April 18th.

Looking forward to your applications,

Alexandra Kleinrath and your student representatives team


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