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On the Berichte page you will find reports written by students in earlier academic years. They will give you an idea how the reports look. In the earlier years, all reports were put on the web; recently only the BEST have been put there.


You are one of a group of young journalists interning for a new, German-language newspaper on the WWW. The newspaper is for American students learning German, so you are writing for people who speak German but have little background in German history, culture, society, etc. Each of you will write a report, but only certain reports will be selected by your editor (professor!) for publication on the Internet.


Your editor (professor!) has assigned you to report on one person important in German literature and/or culture between 1890 and the present, i.e. in the literary movements we will be discussing this term. Choose your name from the list on the Autoren page. If you are burning to write about a different person, you may speak to her about it.

By the first due date specified below, you must give your editor (professor!) 3-5 printed pages (double spaced, one inch margins). Later all of you (i.e. not just the ones chosen for "publication") will revise your text, then convert it to an HTML document, but a hardcopy comes FIRST.




When writing your report, remember the rules of good reporting that you learned in your journalism courses in college. You don't remember? Well, here they are, just in case:

  1. You must begin with an objective reporting of the facts about the person you choose, i.e., the who, what, when, where.

  2. Then, at the end, delve into the why: why was this person important for German literature/culture? Did he/she influence other writers? Politics? Cultural life in general? You may also write on the impact of his/her works on readers, especially if you have read works by him/her yourself. This section should be just one paragraph, which will form the conclusion of your report.


After your editor (you know, your professor) reads and comments on your hard-copy report, you must correct it, then convert your final work into an HTML document. Don't worry if you have never done this before! It isn't hard; click here for instructions/suggestions: Conversion.


  1. Valley Library. Use the on-line catalogue and CD Rom computers to find sources. Ask library staff to help you use equipment if you are unfamiliar with it. You might find books, journal articles, etc; don't forget reference works!
  2. WWW. On the page Web Sites you can find much information, including links to sites on many authors. Ask me if you need help getting started. Also, you can find some additional links on my web site for German Culture, GER 331.



Your editor wants to make sure she does not get sued, so she wants you to provide her with exact details about where you got your information. You do this on a separate page, labeled Literaturverzeichnis (which is not part of the 3-5 pages!) following these guidelines.
BE SURE TO COPY ITALICS, PERIODS, COLONS, ETC. EXACTLY AS HERE! Students have often ignored these guidelines. BE WARNED! If you ignore them, it will have a negative impact on your grade!



  1. If your source is a book: Lynda J. King. Bestsellers by Design. Detroit: Wayne State U P, 1988.
  2. If your source is an article within a book (not in a periodical): Lynda J. King. "Vicki Baum." Twentieth Century Austrian Writers. Dictionary of Literary Biography. Vol. 85. Ed. Donald Daviau and James Hardin. Detroit: Bruccoli Clark, 1989. 40-54.
  3. If your source is a periodical:
    1. Monthly: Lynda J. King. "The Image of Fame. Vicki Baum in Weimar Germany." German Quarterly 58 (1985): 375-93.
    2. Weekly: Lynda J. King. "Germany," Time 28 October 1992: 7.
    3. Daily: Lynda J. King. "Germany Today," The Oregonian 15 May 1991: B14 (if the newspaper has sections; otherwise simply the page number).
  4. WWW SOURCES: Cite author, name of the Web site, its URL (i.e. address, such as http://www.....), and the last date you accessed the site. Because so many Web sites are short-lived, it is crucial to indicate the date on which you last accessed the site. Example (follow the guidelines exactly!):
    Janice Walker, "MLA-Style Citations for Electronic Sources." [], March 1996.
    For more details, click here: WWW sources.
    PLEASE NOTE: I require students to make available to me (upon request) hard copies of all internet sources cited in their papers.

CITING SOURCES WITHIN YOUR TEXT (either quoted or paraphrased)
When you quote or paraphrase from sources within your text, the generally accepted way these days is not to use footnotes, but to cite the text in short form (using the author's name) following your quotations. The reader then looks under the name of the author on your list of works cited (Literaturverzeichnis) to find the book. So, when you quote sources, follow these guidelines (same warning as above!):

  1. When your quotation is within a line, put the author's name followed by the page number in parentheses, using the punctuation in the example here. Follow this example for citing works you have paraphrased in your text. Example: " my fellow Americans" (King 45).

  2. In quotations set off from the text (blockquotes), the idea is generally the same:
    The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog, but then the dog got mad and ran after the fox. They fought and the dog won (King 46).
  3. When quoting ENGLISH sources, please quote in English; do not try to translate into German!