Computer Science and Information Security
|Here are the Capstone guidelines and the schedule.|
In addition: the Capstone Project Agreement that you signed includes this information about the final project:
ALL databases let you FOCUS your search, so that you can get exactly what you want.
These are some databases with information about specific topics.
3. Technology and Communications Industries
Gartner Advisory Intraweb -- This database has short articles and reports about the technology and communications industries.
It can be complicated to use, but keep trying.
- Here is the Quick Start page
- "Archived" means that the item is more than 18 months old
- You cannot search the whole Gartner website at once. Here is a site map to help you find specific parts of the database.
- Here are some glossaries (dictionaries), including IT and Human Resources. Just look at the 1st page. Or, use this alphabetical list to search for what you want.
Just like all of the other databases, use the other features to FOCUS your search. Remember to put PHRASES (two or more words) in quotation marks. Start with Advanced Search:
Always add the dates!
There are many more databases with specialized information. Please let Sue (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you need more help.
MOST COMMON PROBLEM: Not Having Enough Time
WHAT SHOULD YOU BE DOING DURING SEMESTER 2?
1. Writing Help
- Make an appointment with the Writing Center and/or ESL Consulting
- Remember that these places will *not* proofread your work)
- One of your class choices is Writing Articles and Technical Reports (under "Foundational Management"; check the course list to see details)
- Also see the library's guide to Writing
- “Annotated” = “with notes”
- “Citation” and “reference” are almost the same thing.
--- “Citation” = author, title, journal or book title, year, and the other things required by IEEE or ACM style.
--- “Reference” = a citation that you actually USE ("cite") in your reference list (also called "bibliography")
3. Writing Tips
- Spell Check is good, but you must still read through it or have a friend read through it, because there are many words that mean different things. For example: there/their; great/grate
- A Capstone is a formal piece of writing, so do not use informal language
- What about authors who disagree with you or point out limitations to your approach? You should make sure to talk about those; for example, "Some authors point out that _______. However, our approach avoids that problem by ______."
- Every word and every sentence must be clear. If you use words like "it" or "he" or "those," make sure that the reader will know who or what the word is referring to.
- Every paragraph must follow logically from the one before it -- if you are going to introduce a new subject, say something like, "Related to that is the concept of X," or "Now we will discuss Y."
4. Problem Definition
Make sure that your problem definition (also called "thesis statement") is very clear, and include evidence to support it.
---Here is a definition from the Writing Center at U. North Carolina Chapel Hill: "A thesis statement is “usually a single sentence near the beginning of your paper (most often, at the end of the first paragraph) that presents your argument to the reader... The rest of the paper…gathers and organizes evidence that will persuade the reader of the logic of your [analysis].”
---"How to Write a Strong Thesis Statement" (from U. Evansville, IN).
---More information about your thesis statement (adapted from Writing Style Guide, Trident University International):
The most effective writing is centered around one main point. All supporting points, details, and examples are related to that one main point, which is often called "the thesis statement."
The goal of academic writing is to inform, explain, and persuade, so this statement must be extremely clear.
Having a thesis statement can also help to keep you focused as you write.
Avoid saying “In this paper I will discuss...” Instead, use your thesis statement do these things:
(1) state the specific topic that you will be writing about
(2) express the purpose of the paper
(3) reveal your perspective about the topic
(4) provide a “road map” for your paper
Your Reference List
- The "style" of your references must be either IEEE or ACM
- For more information, look at the REFWORKS tab on this page
Citing Things That Are NOT Journal Articles
- It can be hard to cite things that are not regular journal articles
- But good news: the pieces of information that you need are mostly the same for everything -- author/editor (individual or corporate), title, date, publication/database, URL, date accessed
- "Save to RefWorks" is helpful tool for things like this. Find this tool INSIDE RefWorks --> TOOLS --> Tools --> INSTALL
- It is better to give TOO MUCH information than NOT ENOUGH, so that people can find the information you used
For example: this information has a title, author, and date. You can also add the name of the database (Gartner), the URL for this page, and the date you accessed it.
If you are having trouble citing anything, please contact Sue the Librarian (email@example.com).
What Should The Final Report Look Like?
At the end of the MSSI Capstone Project Requirements are examples of the general structure for your final reports. This is what it says:
"...In general, all the papers published by ACM or IEEE conferences and journals can be followed for the organization of your report and the style of citations and references. The following are just a couple examples."
It is extremely important to make sure that your writing does not use someone else's work without properly acknowledging it. Even paraphrasing (putting someone else's writing into your own words) must be done in a very careful way.
(Note: the 3rd line in yellow does not refer to plagiarism. It is talking about how your final report should be written.)
These tutorials will help you learn the basics of avoiding plagiarism. You will always need to know this, not only during your academic career, but throughout your professional career, too.