Preparing a Seminar Talk on a Published Paper
1. To prepare your seminar talk, analyze the paper and answer the following
What problem was investigated? In other words, what research question did
the authors try to answer?
What was the primary motivation for investigating the problem?
What background information (context) is relevant to understanding the
List the paper's key points?
What method(s) or experimental design did the authors use?
Which of the results reported in the paper are the most significant?
Did the authors note any unexpected results? If so, were those results
What were the authors' conclusions?
In retrospect, what were the implications of the investigation? How did
the investigation influence future work?
What, if any, were the weaknesses of the paper?
2. Now that you have analyzed the paper, think about how to adapt it
for your audience. Why should your audience be interested in this particular
topic? What do they already know about it? What terms or definitions will
be new to them? Which key points or concepts will be the most difficult
for them to grasp?