Friday, September 11, 2009

Writing The Article Summary


  1. Give the title of the article and name of the author (s) and provide a full citation of the article. Identify the author by profession or importance.

  2. Identify the purpose of the article

  3. Tell what the research question is and explain why it is interesting and important. Give your overall impression.

  4. It is important in introductory paragraph include a thesis statement which identifies the main points you will be discussing in the body (analysis) of the review.

Body (Analysis)

  1. Briefly describe methods, design of the study, how many subjects were involved, what they did, the variables, what was measured, and where the reserach was conducted.

  2. Describe the results/what was found

  3. Discuss the strength and the usefulness of the article/study

  4. Discuss the weaknesses, limitations, or problems of the article/study

  5. Discuss what you learned from the article and if you recommend it to other students

  6. Support your analysis with qoutations and/or specific examples throughout.


  1. Summarize the previous discussion

  2. Make a final judgement on the value of the article

  3. State what you learned from the article

  4. Comment on the future or implications of the research.

* Lecture notes for EDC 7720

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