Harvard, APA, Chicago and DIN – they sound as innocuous as the names of the new IKEA shelves. But only until you are confronted for the first time in the upper grades with the different citation styles that hide behind these sonorous names.
Unfortunately, the only thing they have in common with IKEA shelves is the fact that it’s an impossibility to get everything right for the first time when building or using. One a comma, the other a dot, here the footnote and there please square brackets instead of round. Completely to despair have driven a then also contradictory Google entries to the respective form of citation – and of course the reference to the chair website, which hovers like a sword of Damocles above the smoking head: Correct citation: 30 percent of the final score
No sooner had they gotten used to the footnotes of the skilled work, they were replaced by round brackets in the economic communication Hausarbeit and angular markings in American Business in the 20th Century.
And as if that was not enough, then every lecturer has his own wishes in the bibliography – sorted by year, alphabet or rather the age of the author? In contrast, the football rules are a dream in which even an offside illiterate just has to know one thing: “The round comes in the right angle.”