Summary of Scientific Paper  or Essay

During this course students will be asked to read specific scientific articles and/or essays, and to submit a written summary of the paper.  Below is the criteria that will be used to assess the quality of your summary.

 

Criteria to be used when evaluating your summary. 

 

  • Use an opening paragraph stating the title of the original work, the author, and his/her affiliation.  Also include give a brief description of your summary to motivate the reader to read it.

     

  • A paragraph or two describing the key points made in the video. When summarizing you should used the PIE process. Introduce the author’s Point, Illustrate it, and Expand upon it.

  • Include and discuss at least one Figure (graph, diagram, or picture) related to the article in your summary.This may be a figure that you draw or a reproduction of one that is in the article or other resource. Discussing data makes writing the summary easier and scientific writing should reference relevant data whenever possible.

     

  • Include a closing paragraph to reiterate the important points of the article and to rate the article according to valuable insights presented, objectivity, and credibility of author and sources.
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    Check your spelling and grammar carefully, and have a friend proof read your final draft.

         Don't be afraid to revise your paper several times.

         Include a complete citation of all references.

         Be clear and concise in your summary.

     

    *  A list of all References used (at least two different sources are required).  References             must be complete. 

          For Journals or magazine articles references should include:

                      Author, publication date, Title of article, Journal name, volume, number, and page number.

          For books the reference should include:

                      the Author, Title of book, Chapter, page number(s), publisher with city, publication date

          For World Wide Web sites the reference should include:

                      Title, author, affiliation, and complete URL address.