Online Libraries: Papers
You are required either to write 2 papers and give a half-hour in-class
or to write 3 papers. Papers should be 10-20 pages long. (Papers that
involve actual implementation or experimentation on your part can be shorter.)
Please submit hard copy.
All two or three papers and presentation should be on substantially different
Please send me for approval by email either a title or description of your
paper before you start putting a great deal of time into it. No penalty
for failing to do this, but you run the risk that I will reject the paper
as being on an inappropriate subject.
If you are writing 3 papers, then aim to get your first paper in by
Oct. 16, the second by Nov. 13, and the third by Dec. 11.
If you are writing
2 papers and a class presentation, then you should give me a proposed subject
for your presentation, with a preliminary reading list, by Oct. 9.
About that time, I'll set up the schedule
of presentations. Aim to get your first paper in by Nov. 13 and your second
by Dec. 11.
There is no specific penalty for getting papers in late. However, if I get
more than one of your papers toward the end of the semester, then I don't
guarantee that I will read it on time, so your grade may be delayed. Worse,
my experience has been that students who put off doing their work until the
end of the semester often find that they have to put it off until the next
semester, and then finishing the incomplete becomes a horrible burden.
So try to keep to the schedule.
Subjects for presentations
Presentations should stick fairly closely to the material of the textbook and
the class syllabus. A reasonable presentation might plan to cover one or
two sections of the textbook with a couple of associated readings. For
online readings, you should send me the URL, so I can put it on the home
page. For readings in print, you should photocopy the reading and give it
to me to place on reserve.
Subjects for papers
- A more detailed account of some issue discussed in class or in the
- A comparative analysis of two or more papers on a single issue.
- A description of some existing library. You should certainly describe
the material in the library and the types of search supported. You might
also want to describe the indexing method, the user interface, limitations,
evaluation, or suggestions for extension or improvement.
- An algorithm for some kind of indexing, storage, or search. If you
can implement it and test it, so much the better.
- An experimental, quantitative evaluation of some aspect of a library or
search engine. This should be done with some care in experimental
design and in the analysis of the results. (Apply statistical methods to
characterize the validity of your results.)
- An original proposal for a digital library or for a search technique.