Guidelines for CS340 Paper

Fall 2013




            . In general, the following guide lines should be followed.


·         The paper should be between 4 and 5 pages in length, double spaced, using a 10 or 12 point font, with 1 inch margins.

·         The paper should have a minimum of 5 references.  That is, the paper should contain information gathered from several sources.  It should not be just a paraphrase of one article.

·         Because the technology changes so rapidly, your best resource will most likely be from the Internet.

·         The paper must contain a proper bibliography and citations.  Please use a style manual—it is not important which one—if you are not sure of the proper form.  The citations can be in the form of a footnote, an endnote, or the style that is more common in technical journals.  The following example illustrates this.

Suppose I am doing a paper on message routing in a multi-computer, and one of the articles I am using for a reference has the bibliographical reference:

[1]  Christopher J. Glass and Lionel M. Ni, “The Turn Model for Adaptive Routing”, in Proceedings of the 19th Annual International Symposium on Computer Architecture, (Gold Coast, Australia), pp. 278–287, ACM press, May 1992.

When I cite something from this paper, it would look like: Glass and Ni proposed a solution to the problem of deadlock in wormhole routing called the Turn Model [1].



·         Remember that you must cite your references for a direct quotation and for ideas that are not your own.  A 3-5 page paper without any citations would be very unusual.  If you are citing a document you found on the Web, you must also include the URL (Universal Resource Location; for example, the URL for the Computer Science department home page is  The following is an example of a bibliography entry from a document obtained from the web.

J. Gosling, “The Java Language Environment,”  white paper, Sun Microsystems, Mountain View, CA, 1995;

·         Please proofread your paper carefully.  It is quite acceptable to have someone else read your paper and make suggestions.  The paper will be graded using the following distributions

                                    50%     Content                       What you say

                                    30%     Presentation                How you say it

                                    20%     Mechanics                   Spelling, Grammar, References, Citations


·          I encourage you to make use of the Writing Center for help on the development of your paper.