Handout 3: 9/10/99
Computer-Supported Collaborative Work
Specification for paper summaries
Paper summaries should contain four main elements. These are
- Complete citation details for the original article (e.g., authors, title,
source, page numbers, year, etc.).
- A summary of the key points and contribution of the paper. Generally this
will be between a half page and a full page in length (assuming single spacing
and a "reasonable" type size such as 11 point).
- An assessment of the previous work in the area and the current paper's
place in that context. This will require consulting some of the sources
referenced by the paper. This section also should be about a half page to a
full page in length. Also include citation references to materials examined.
- Your evaluation of the paper and its contribution. Again, about a half
page to a page in length.
The reports will have two components: a written report, following the
guidelines above, and a very brief class presentation (about 5 or 6 minutes).
The purpose of the class presentation will be to quickly cover the key
points--i.e., what are the "take home" lessons from this paper and why might
another member of the class want to read it.