research design 10

PSY 302 Research Design

Article Summary Guidelines

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Background Information

As a step in producing the Introduction section of your final research poster (which must include five scholarly, research-based articles), you are required to turn in a summary for one research-based article that is relevant to your project topic. Please summarize the article according to the following guidelines.

Formatting

  • Your Article Summary must uploaded to Canvas. It should be written in sections, with each section numbered according to the Summary Format guidelines below.
  • Also, please upload a pdf version of your full article to Canvas with your summary. If this is not possible, then turn in a paper copy of your article.

Tips and Reminders

  • Focus your literature search on scholarly, research-based, peer-reviewed journal articles. For such sources, follow Summary Format A on the next page. However, you may locate a very good scholarly review article or book chapter on your topic. In this case, follow Summary Format B on the next page.
  • Please be careful in your summary to avoid plagiarism. All article/chapter content in your summary should either be in your own words or in quotation marks with page numbers provided. Article summaries with extensive plagiarism will receive a grade of zero (0).
  • Note that you will be responsible for including at least five research-based articles in the Introduction section of your final research poster even though you only turn in one article summary. I recommend that you use these guidelines to summarize your other four articles, even though you will not officially turn them in as article summaries.

  • It is to your advantage to find the five articles that are the most closely related to your project topic as possible. The more closely your sources fit with your project topic, the easier it is for you to write your Introduction. Invest the time now in finding the best articles. This will pay off later!

A) Summary Format for a Research-Based Journal Article

Please do the following:

  1. Identify the source information (author, year, title, journal, etc.) in the format appropriate for the References section of an APA-style report. (See Examples 1-5 on pp. 198-199 of the APA Manual.)
  1. Identify the main research hypothesis or hypotheses. If the article has multiple hypotheses, you may focus on the hypotheses that are the most relevant to your project topic, but identify that you are doing so.
  1. Describe briefly (in 4-5 sentences) how the researchers tested their hypothesis/hypotheses. In other words, describe their methodology, including any relevant information on participants, materials, and procedure.
  1. Describe briefly (in 4-5 sentences) what the researchers found.
  1. Describe the important conclusion(s) that can be drawn from the researchers’ findings. Also, explain the relevance of the article content to your research project. How specifically does the article inform your project?
  1. Identify one strength and one weakness of the research described in the article.

B) Summary Format for a Review Article or Book Chapter

Please do the following:

  1. Identify the source information in the format appropriate for the References section of an APA-style report. (See Examples 1-5 on pp. 198-199 and Examples 24-25 on pp. 204 of the APA Manual.)
  1. Identify the author’s main thesis, purpose, or argument.
  1. Describe key points or main themes that the author uses to support his or her main thesis, purpose, or argument.
  1. Identify and define any unfamiliar terms or concepts.
  1. Describe the important conclusion(s) that can be drawn from the author’s analysis. Also, explain the relevance of the article/chapter content to your research project. How specifically does the article inform your project?
  1. Identify one strength and one weakness of the review article or book chapter.