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Format bachelor thesis in Word correctly

Reviewing the formatting of your bachelor thesis only makes sense after the proofreading and the plagiarism check, but actually you have to consider certain specifications right from the start so that you can save time-consuming corrections later. Most of the time your entire energy is spent after writing the text, which is why you hardly want to pay attention to formatting.

Format bachelor thesis in Word correctly

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But that is a mistake: you risk only unnecessary point deductions for incorrect formatting.

The guidelines on how to format your work correctly can be found in your guide, which your university or university makes available to students. However, reading the guideline is very time-consuming, because the text is usually about 30 pages long. In this article you will find the most important information in the form of a concise summary.

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Format bachelor thesis in Word correctly

Reviewing the formatting of your bachelor thesis only makes sense after the proofreading and the plagiarism check, but actually you have to consider certain specifications right from the start so that you can save time-consuming corrections later. Most of the time your entire energy is spent after writing the text, which is why you hardly want to pay attention to formatting.

Format bachelor thesis in Word correctly

Topic Overview

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But that is a mistake: you risk only unnecessary point deductions for incorrect formatting.

The guidelines on how to format your work correctly can be found in your guide, which your university or university makes available to students. However, reading the guideline is very time-consuming, because the text is usually about 30 pages long. In this article you will find the most important information in the form of a concise summary.

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1. Use automatic directories

1. Use automatic directories

Word has many useful features that make it easier to write your bachelor thesis. Use automatic directories.

In Word tables of contents, index directories, table directories,, formula directories, abbreviation directories, und bibliographies can be created automatically. The use of these functions saves a lot of time, because you only need to update the respective directories with a mouse click. All contents of the directories (eg the table of contents) are created automatically. This will avoid mistakes that occur when, for example, you forget a chapter or sources in the bibliography, or you duplicate them.

Word has many useful features that make it easier to write your bachelor thesis. Use automatic directories.

In Word tables of contents, index directories, table directories,, formula directories, abbreviation directories, und bibliographies can be created automatically. The use of these functions saves a lot of time, because you only need to update the respective directories with a mouse click. All contents of the directories (eg the table of contents) are created automatically. This will avoid mistakes that occur when, for example, you forget a chapter or sources in the bibliography, or you duplicate them.

2. Font and size

2. Font and size

Fonts and font sizes can be found in the guidelines of your university.

As a principle applies:
The font and font size must be used uniformly in the entire bachelor thesis (Exception: with footnotes usually a smaller font as well as usually a smaller line spacing are used.) For title and chapter headings a larger font size is chosen.

The most common fonts are Arial, Times New Roman, Calibri or Verdana. Always use only one font in your bachelor thesis. Check the font size for the title and the individual chapter headings, these elements are usually also highlighted in bold.

For chapter headings of the 1st and 2nd level, a larger typeface (16 or 14 points) is usually recommended than for the continuous text (12-11 points) and the footnotes (10 points).

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Fonts and font sizes can be found in the guidelines of your university.

As a principle applies:
The font and font size must be used uniformly in the entire bachelor thesis (Exception: with footnotes usually a smaller font as well as usually a smaller line spacing are used.) For title and chapter headings a larger font size is chosen.

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The most common fonts are Arial, Times New Roman, Calibri or Verdana. Always use only one font in your bachelor thesis. Check the font size for the title and the individual chapter headings, these elements are usually also highlighted in bold.

For chapter headings of the 1st and 2nd level, a larger typeface (16 or 14 points) is usually recommended than for the continuous text (12-11 points) and the footnotes (10 points).

3. Text alignment, line spacing and hyphenation

3. Text alignment, line spacing and hyphenation

On the title page the title should be centered, in the body text and in the footnotes you should always use a justified sentence and an automatic hyphenation.

The most commonly used is the line spacing of 1.5 points in the body text and 1.0 in the footnotes. It’s best to check your specifications.

On the title page the title should be centered, in the body text and in the footnotes you should always use a justified sentence and an automatic hyphenation.

The most commonly used is the line spacing of 1.5 points in the body text and 1.0 in the footnotes. It’s best to check your specifications.

4. Markers in Word

4. Markers in Word

Many are convinced that markings in the bachelor thesis allow a better orientation in the text. These should, however, be used sparingly in scientific work.

Bold and especially italics should be avoided.

In some disciplines, the italic z. For example, to mark terms, to identify foreign words, or to indicate titles of works. You should therefore check the guidelines at the beginning, so that you do not have to change or unify in the end, which is a very tedious task.

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Many are convinced that markings in the bachelor thesis allow a better orientation in the text. These should, however, be used sparingly in scientific work.

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Bold and especially italics should be avoided.

In some disciplines, the italic z. For example, to mark terms, to identify foreign words, or to indicate titles of works. You should therefore check the guidelines at the beginning, so that you do not have to change or unify in the end, which is a very tedious task.

5. Page numbers and margins in Word

5. Page numbers and margins in Word

Most often, the pages are numbered at the bottom right (this results from the fact that you can find the corresponding page the fastest while browsing).

Some universities also allow the page number in the middle or top right. The first page has no page numbering, other pages should check the requirements of your university or university. Mostly Arabic numerals are used for the body text pages and Roman numerals for directory pages and attachment pages.

Also to the margins there are different requirements:

  • 1.5-2.5 cm are recommended above and below
  • wider left (because of binding)
  • 3.5 cm and right 2.5 cm

Most often, the pages are numbered at the bottom right (this results from the fact that you can find the corresponding page the fastest while browsing).

Some universities also allow the page number in the middle or top right. The first page has no page numbering, other pages should check the requirements of your university or university. Mostly Arabic numerals are used for the body text pages and Roman numerals for directory pages and attachment pages.

Also to the margins there are different requirements:

  • 1.5-2.5 cm are recommended above and below
  • wider left (because of binding)
  • 3.5 cm and right 2.5 cm

6. Quotes in Bachelor thesis

6. Quotes in Bachelor thesis

Quotes are most often in quotation marks.

For longer quotes, which consist of more than 3 lines, they should eigerückt and start as a new paragraph. Also, the line spacing may be different for longer quotes, more precisely, these specifications are specified in your guide.
Less popular are quotations without quotation marks in italics.

If quotations are in italics, the italics may not be used for other purposes.

Without exception:
For citations, their source must always be stated in scientific texts. Do this from the beginning, otherwise most sources will not be reconstructed later and the text will be unusable.

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Quotes are most often in quotation marks.

For longer quotes, which consist of more than 3 lines, they should eigerückt and start as a new paragraph. Also, the line spacing may be different for longer quotes, more precisely, these specifications are specified in your guide.
Less popular are quotations without quotation marks in italics.

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If quotations are in italics, the italics may not be used for other purposes.

Without exception:
For citations, their source must always be stated in scientific texts. Do this from the beginning, otherwise most sources will not be reconstructed later and the text will be unusable.

7. References in bachelor thesis

7. References in bachelor thesis

When referring to sources, the principle applies first of all: make everything uniform.

The sources may be either in the text “American citations” or in the footnotes “German citations”.

The punctuation in the references as well as the individual necessary components (author, year of publication, title, edition, publisher, place of publication, etc.) are always given, there are many different possibilities in the design, so that you should do so from the beginning to Work to your specifications.

When referring to sources, the principle applies first of all: make everything uniform.

The sources may be either in the text “American citations” or in the footnotes “German citations”.

The punctuation in the references as well as the individual necessary components (author, year of publication, title, edition, publisher, place of publication, etc.) are always given, there are many different possibilities in the design, so that you should do so from the beginning to Work to your specifications.

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Piotr Snuszka
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Piotr Snuszka is the founder of BAS Business And Science GmbH, which brings together experts and clients to create, proofread, format and check for speeches, presentations and scientific papers.

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