Writing assignments

Here you can learn quotation techniques, find information about writing assignments and theses, and have a look at former main theses.

Technicalities (word count, spacing, outline, etc.) can be found on Blackboard at each programme’s forum.

Search the library databases. 


Opening hours at the library:

Monday-Thursday: 9.00-15.00
Friday: 10.00-15.00


Book a librarian

You can always book a librarian if you need help with your assignment. Just send an email to the librarian, and write:

  • What your project is about
  • What you are looking for
  • Suggestions for a time and date when you are able to meet with the librarian.

Writing a thesis

Scribo – a guide to making a problem statement

Scribo is an electronic questioning tool that guides you from your first ideas to your final problem statement.

You can also get clarification on your questions concerning theory and method, as well as learn how to manage your searching for sources. Additionally, you can export all your answers if you want to pass them on to your student counsellor. 

Campus + remote access (Tryllehat or WAYF).

Video: How to access to Scribo via Tryllehat

Create an account, so you have the option of returning to your files later on.

Access to Scribo.

The Study Metro

An academic study tool made by Aarhus University, which you can use when writing assignments and theses, searching for literature, doing teamwork, etc. The Study Metro contains valuable information within the following four areas:  studying, standards for academic papers, writing an academic paper, and sources in academic work.

Open access.

Access to The Study Metro.


Help to make your references

It is important to use good, reliable sources to back up your assignment or thesis, and to quote correctly. There are many standards when it comes to citation, but at the IBA you must use the Harvard standard.

Videos: How to make references, if you use Word:

Zotero - a reference manager & PDF organizer

Zotero is a free web-based reference management tool that allows you to collect and save references to articles, books, websites, etc. in your personal database. Zotero is compatible with both Microsoft Word and OpenOffice through a plugin software.

Using Zotero, will help you to
a) stay on top of the literature that you use in your research and assignments
b) create correct in-text citations and complete bibliographies in your document

A video about getting started with Zotero.

Stop plagiarism

When are you plagiarizing? Use this tutorial to learn more about plagiarism, and to test your quotation skills.

Harvard Reference Style - guides

Harvard Reference Style – Anglia Ruskin University
A fold-out guide to different source types. For instance: How do I quote from a Facebook page? What do I do when there is no author credited?

Harvard Reference Style – Coventry University
Here you will find a short 2-page guide and a full 37-page guide.

Harvard Reference Style – London South Bank University
A 21-page guide to Harvard referencing.

Main theses

Get inspired

It can prove very helpful and inspiring to have a look at other students’ main theses. In that way, you can get ideas about the topic of your own thesis, as well as see how a main thesis might be organized. It may also be a good idea to take a look at the sources in the reference lists.

If you follow the links below, you can see examples of main theses written by IBA students. Just click the pdf icon and the full thesis will pop up, provided you’re signed in to Blackboard (if you’re not signed in to Blackboard, you will get a login prompt).

IBA main theses - in English

IBA main theses - in Danish

Main thesis from other higher education programmes in Denmark

Theses and other student reports from the KEA educations – all in full text. Search for programme (Communities & Collections) or subject.

UC Viden – student projects
Search free text for a subject or choose an education in the drop-down-menu. Theses marked with an attachment are available in full text.

Main theses - Copenhagen Business School
Access to main theses written by students from Aarhus University and Copenhagen Business School. The theses are from different programmes such as bachelor, graduate, executive, master and diploma.


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