Resources for oral presentations and written reports
Simon Peyton Jones's
How to give a good research talk
(2004) almost makes it look easy and covers the essentials. He's brave enough to point you to a video of himself, giving the talk.
Mark D. Hill's
Oral Presentation Advice
(1997) briefly describes how to give a good talk. It contains a summary of David Patterson's classic
How to Give a Bad Talk
Judith P. Rhodes et al.'s
Scientifically Speaking: Tips for Preparing Scientific Talks and Using Visual Aids
(2005) contains advice and observations on preparing and delivering a scientific talk. Its advice on poster presentations is also valuable, though you can skip it if you are not making a poster.
Jeff Radell wrote a brief
online tutorial on effective presentations
Science & Engineering Library
has a learning center with equipment with which you can rehearse your presentation. Reserve a time slot by visiting the circulation desk in Boelter 8270.
Student Presentation Rubric
(1997) is the sort of thing we use when evaluating your presentation.
Writing a Report
(2001) describes how to write and organize a research report.
David A. McMurrey's
Online Technical Writing: Online Textbook
(2006) contains many examples and much discussion of technical writing. For example, it has a
chapter on recommendation and feasibility reports
that contains several sample reports.
Simon Peyton Jones's
How to write a good research paper
(2004) is a brief and pleasant talk about how to write papers.
Barbara Gross Davis's
Helping Students Write Better in All Courses
(1993) gives succinct advice about how to teach writing. Invert the advice, and you can learn a lot about how to write.
William Strunk, Jr.'s
The Elements of Style
(1918) is the classic style guide for American English writing. It excels at showing how to
omit needless words
Proper citations are a hallmark of any solidly written report.
Citation and Style Guides
(2008) refers to several style guides; pick a style suitable for your report and use it consistently. Especially see its section "How to cite sources."
Instructions for Authors: USENIX '08
provide templates for computer science research papers. The USENIX templates use a two-column format with 10-point font for most of the text, on an 8½×11" page.
typically generates higher-quality output for technical papers, but there are also templates for
example of the output format
example student paper
The Cabrillo Tidepool Study's
Scientific Report Rubric
(1997) is the sort of thing we use when evaluating your report.
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