Broad Bibliography

By now you should have selected an interesting research topic. The next step in your research pursuit is to search the literature for existing results on your topic and compile state-of-the-art results into a broad (briefly annotated) bibliography.

Your broad bibliography should contain a minimum of 10 relevant and appropriately formatted items (references), collected from various sources.

You are not expected to thoroughly read each item included in your broad bibliography. What is essential is that you know why the resource might be useful (probably based on a reference to it in another paper).

For each reference, write a brief annotation summarizing relevant results.

Here is an example of broad bibliography. Note that some of the references in this work are incomplete; please provide full bibliography information.

How to quickly evaluate a paper

By using the following steps, you can quickly determine whether or not a research paper is suitable to include in your bibliography. The goal is to perform these steps quickly, starting with the most general parts of the paper and looking for clues about whether or not it matches your topic of interest. You can stop reading (or skimming) at whichever step you are on once you determine that a paper is suitable (or not).

  1. Read the Title
  2. Read the Abstract
  3. Read the Conclusions
  4. Read first part of Introduction
  5. Read the Related Work section, if there is one, looking for additional references
  6. Look at figures, graphs, images, etc. to quickly get an idea of the results