You can write your thesis at our department e.g. using Word or LaTeX. In this section you will find corresponding templates for download. The LaTeX template is optimized for the use with Overleaf. Alternatively, you can duplicate the LaTeX template directly in Overleaf.
The scope of the paper should basically be in accordance with the specifications of the respective valid course description. Currently, we expect about 40 pages in the Bachelor and about 80 pages in the Master, depending on the content of the thesis. Significant deviations should be discussed with the respective supervisor before submission. The requirement refers to the text pages of the thesis including figures and tables but excluding the bibliography and the appendix.
Text appendices should be added at the end of the thesis document in one PDF. Additional digital attachments are possible and may even be reasonable. Please submit these as one ZIP file.
Direct link to Overleaf repository
Good theses are based not only on good ideas on your part, but also on good references. You should always try to critically examine each statement and, if in doubt, support it with multiple references. In addition to textbooks from the library and Internet sources, which often provide good overviews, you should familiarize yourself with the following resources for journal and conference papers, which can often give you further and highly topical impulses.
- AIS Electronic Library: Full-text access to some top journals and the largest international information systems conferences
- IEEE Computer Society Digital Library: Full-text access to IEEE Computer Society journals and conference proceedings
- ACM Digital Library: Literature and partly full-text database for journals and congress reports of the ACM
- Springer Link: Access to textbooks and computer science related conference proceedings from Springer
- ScienceDirect: Access to computer science-related journals from Elsevier
https://www.sciencedirect.com/ (currently no access via TU)
- Other publisher sites for online access with TU VPN if necessary: Wiley, T&F, Sage, INFORMS
- Google Scholar: Research system that sometimes also helps you with a link to the PDF
- ResearchGate: Scientific community with many fulltexts
- arXiv: Preprint server with full access to many peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed papers
- Social Science Research Network (SSRN): Preprint server with full access to many peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed papers
- dblp - Digital Bibliography & Library Project: Good for bibliography research. No full-text access
- LitSonar: Comparative literature search across several databases
- Dortmund University Library: Overview of the physical and digital holdings of the TU Dortmund
If you are unable to access articles (even via "Institutional Access with VPN") there are several ways you can proceed:
- See if a preprint is available on arXiv, SSRN or ResearchGate or find a linked document via Google Scholar.
- Write to the authors.
- Don't search shadow libraries like sci-hub.
- Write to us.