Handout 4: 1/18/11

CPSC 675-600: Digital Libraries, Spring 2011

Literature summaries: review and evaluation

5 due during the semester: 1 due 2/10/11, 2 due 3/24/11, 2 due 4/21/11

For each summary you should choose a full paper from a significant conference (e.g., ACM or IEEE) or from a reasonable journal. The topics of the paper should relate to the topics of the course. The paper should not be in the collection of readings. Papers should have been published within the past 5 years.

For each paper prepare a report covering the following: (0) complete citation information; (1) summary of what is covered in the paper; (2) identification of the "take home" lessons from the paper; (3) assessment of the successfulness of the paper--what was done well and what could have been done better?

Aspects 1, 2, and 3 should receive approximate equal weight in your report. Aim for two to three pages (single spaced, reasonable font size and margins) or equivalent for report length. Less than one page doesn't give enough details and much above three pages just starts to be a restatement of the paper's information instead of a summary and evaluation.

Reports should be turned in on paper on the due dates along with a copy of the paper reviewed. A copy of the review should be placed on your course Web site.


Richard Furuta
January 18, 2011