Research advice for students

This page was developed to assist students on my research projects at Southern Methodist University; however, the information on this page may be helpful for other students (and researchers) as well.

Annotated Bibliographies

A helpful way to develop your research paper is the development of an annotated bibliography. This is typically developed while you are performing a literature survey for your research, and will help you keep track of your references.

An annotated bibliography is an organized list of sources, each of which is followed by a brief note or "annotation." These annotations do one or more of the following:

Sample Annotated Bibliography Format

Bibliographic Reference:

[Author Last Name, First Name.] [Name of book, article, document] [Publisher Information] [Date of Publication] [Page Numbers, is appropriate]

100 - 200 Word Summary:

  1. The basic problem that the author is trying to solve
  2. A brief overview of the authorís solution method
  3. A summary of the authorís results
A good link for further information is the
Cornell University site.

Preparing Presentations

During the course of your research, you will need to present the results of your research to various audiences (such as conference participants, fellow students, thesis/dissertation committees, and future employers). Sites for advice on preparing presentations include the following:


Avoiding Plagiarism

An important issue in developing your research papers is to avoid plagiarism. For SMU students, this is one of the items in the Honor Code. Other sites to help you understand (and avoid) plagiarism include the following:


Preparing Extended Abstracts

For some conferences, you may be asked to submit an extended abstract instead of a normal (brief) abstract or full paper draft. An extended abstract is almost like a "mini" research paper, and is typically 2-4 pages. Sites that discuss how to prepare extended abstracts include the following:


Reviewing Papers for Publication

As a student, you may be asked to review a conference or journal submission (either by your advisor or by an editor). The following link contains helpful advice on how to perform an effective paper review:


T. Manikas, SMU

This page last updated 2015 Aug 12