CSci 4511w: Writing notes
There is a good web site
that will help understanding if you are plagiarizing others work
in your report. Take a look at it.
Resources and Tips for Writing a Literature Review
A literature review is a thorough summary and synthesis of the work that
has gone on in a particular field. A successful literature review gives
the reader a clear, concise overview of the work that has already been
done on a certain problem or a certain area of study. This means that
the author of a literature review has to boil down discussions of topics
that may span decades of research and thousands of papers into a document
that can be easily read and understood. The requires good organization,
concise writing, and a solid understanding of what is most important
about the field.
These first two resources give general instructions and guidelines
writing a good literature review. In particular, pay attention to what
both sources have to say about being concise. A literature review is
not a summary of the sources you have selected; it is an overview of
the field. Do not get bogged down covering the specifics and details of
each paper. Cover the information in the paper you selected that is most
important and relevant to the field or problem that is being discussed,
and then move on.
These other two references are peer-reviewed literature reviews that
appeared in the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. The length,
level of detail, and the number of references used is (obviously) much
more than what is required for the
literature review for this course, but it should be useful to see what
a real published literature review on artificial intelligence research
looks like. Pay more attention to the organization and writing style,
and much less to the content and details.
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