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BTH740 Research Essay 20103

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** tertiary - summarize
* length 1600-2400 words
* due date November 18 2010
* late penalties 20%
* timeline:
** preliminary research - due November 1
** recording details - due November 8
** writing - due November 1522** publication - due November 1825
=== Narrowing the Focus ===
* rephrase your thesis
=== Recording Information Record Research Data ===purpose: create the research note record* read the prioritized sources in detail
* maintain a well-balanced variety of source materials
* question what you read and record continuously* read the ''prioritized'' sources carefully and in detail* analyze and select and record ideas and data* question continuouslyrelated to your thesis* record all relevant informationas research notes
** for
** against
* review other sources for context, support and opposition
* process
** types of notes
*** paraphrases
*** summarizations
** methodof documentation
*** note
*** page number
*** source number
** major questionsto keep in mind*** does the record note pertain to the thesis question*** should I reconsider the focus
**** should I broaden the focus
**** should I narrow the focus further
* assemble the notes into major groups
* arrange the notes within each group in order
* distinguish deductive, inductive, and abductive conclusions
=== Submission ===
== Writing ==
=== Outline ===purpose: organize the flow* structure** introduction** body*** arguments** conclusion* process** retain results that pertain to be added laterthe thesis** create a skeleton** use point form === Rough Draft ===purpose: compose the argument in ascending order of importance/interest* preface** title** abstract** keywords* introduction** context** purpose** interpretations** thesis statement* body** each point is one paragraph* conclusion** sum up supporting points** no new information** one to three paragraphs* references** works cited === Edit ===purpose: create final draft* check instructor's requirements** format** layout** 1st person or third person** style*** MLA (see Purdue OWL)**** Margins 1" all around excluding page numbers**** Times New Roman 12 point**** no justification, no hyphenation, double space, two spaces after a period**** no title page for a research paper**** sentence case your title no bold no period**** page numbering in upper right hand corner preceded by your last name**** secure your pages with a paper clip no plastic folders**** citations (Author pageNumber)**** works cited LastName, FirstName. ''Title.'' City:Publisher, Year.**** sites cited LastName, FirstName. ''Title.'' City:Publisher, Year. <>. Date of Access.**** interviews LastName, FirstName. Type of Interview. Date.**** list works cited in alphabetical order at the end of the paper starting on a new page*** APA (see Purdue OWL)**** citations (Author, Year, p.PageNumber)**** works cited LastName, FirstName. (Year). ''Title.'' City:Publisher.*** [ Chicago]**** [ citations and works cited]*** CBE**** [ citations and works cited]**** [ citations and works cited]*** ACM**** [ SIG journal articles]* expression** argument flow** paragraphing*** circle the topic sentence in each** clarify your points** read out loud - use your auditory system - fix the jumps
== Presentation/Publication ==
* source: Parberry, Ian (2000) How to Present a Paper in Theoretical Computer Science: A Speaker's Guide for Students, Dept. Comp. Sc., Univ North Texas. Denton, Texas.=== What to Say How to Say it ===* communicate key ideas** emphasize key ideas** skip standard, obvious, or complicated* don't get bogged down in details** you have been thinking deeply for months** audience has not - is the paper worth reading?** details are out of place - leave them in the paper* structure your talk** break into distinct parts* use a top-down approach** introduction*** informal description - impressions are important*** define the problem*** motivate the audience**** explain why it is so important*** introduce terminology*** discuss earlier work*** emphasize contributions of your paper**** this may be added laterthe only points audience will remember*** provide a road-map to the talk** body*** abstract the major results or contributions*** explain the significance of the results*** sketch a proof of the crucial results**** gloss over the technical details** technicalities*** present a key result**** give the flavour of the rest of the technical details in a short period of time*** present it carefully**** fill in small gaps**** mention points that may not be in the paper itself** conclusion*** hindsight is clear than foresight**** make observation that would have been confusing earlier**** regain the attention of non-experts in the audience*** state open problems**** identify problems that arise from your paper**** mention weaknesses of your paper**** indicate that your talk is over=== Delivery - Getting through to your Audience ===* use repetition** "tell them what you're going to tell them. Tell them. Tell them what you told them* remind, don't assume** if your paper assumes a standard result, state it as a reminder* don't over-run** conference presentations last 15 to 30 minutes with 5 minutes for questions** if short on time, cut the technicalities section* maintain eye contact** spread your attention, don't concentrate on one person* control your voice** avoid fashion, hype, information-free utterances* control your motion** avoid hyperactivity** use natural gestures* take care of your appearance** avoid ostentatiousness* minimize language difficulties* try not to get anxious** prepare adequately beforehand** do not pay undue attention to the reaction of the most important person in the audience - their reactions may be the result of something that is totally unrelated to your presentation** to calm panic, pause, close your eyes, and take a few deep breaths** it is the quality of your research that matters=== Visual and Aural Aids ===* make legible slides* don't put too much on a slide - remember short-term memory* don't use too many slide- reserve 2 minutes per slide* use colour effectively - avoid rainbows - yellow is almost invisible* pictures and tables** pictures are worth a thousand words=== Question Time ===* expect three types of questions** genuine request for knowledge** selfish - draws attention to the questioner - indirectly compliment them** malicious - expect to have your ego bruised - be prepared, be polite, and avoid lengthy exchanges - offer a one-to-one discussion afterwards
== Resources ==

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