According to the syllabus, the first major project in Technical Writing is the “500-Word Summary.” The parameters for this deliverable (the document or artifact that you are making to specification) are:
Individual: 500-Word Summary, 10%
Individually, you will write a 500-word summary of a technical or scientific article that demonstrates: 1. ability to identify key processes and concepts in a professional science or technology article. 2. ability to describe complex processes and concepts clearly and concisely. an awareness of audience. The summary should cite the article and any quotes following APA format.
To accomplish this project, we will break it into several phases.
For the first phase, you will want to find five articles. Avoid book reviews and correspondence. We will work with these five articles to narrow down the one that you will summarize for this project in our next class.
Before we meet next week, your task is to find and print and/or download five articles relevant to your major or career from the library’s database holdings. You may not use articles found through a basic Google search or on random websites. The articles must come from vetted journals provided through City Tech’s library.
These links will help you begin searching for articles:
- https://library.citytech.cuny.edu/research/articles/subjects/index.php (use the databases in different subject clusters to search many journals at once)
- http://sfx.cuny.edu:9003/sfx_local-NY/journalsearch/nycct (tic “contains” and type in “computer” or “electrical engineering” to find journals, which you can browse or search individually)
Keep track of possibly useful articles and journals in your notes. Also, download and save PDFs of all the articles that you find to look back at. Information to note: authors, title of article, title of journal, volume and number of journal issue, year of publication, and page numbers of the article.
So, for our next class:
- Find five possible articles.
- Print or download them to a flash drive or cloud storage so that you can easily view them on a computer in the classroom.
- Read each article’s abstract (if there is one) or skim the article to learn its gist or main idea.
- We’ll use these articles in our next class for discussion and the next phase of this project.