Writing a summary or abstract teaches you how to condense information and how to read an article more effectively and with better understanding. Research articles usually contain these parts: Title/Author Information, Abstract, Introduction, Methodology, Result or Findings, Discussion or Conclusion, and References. To gain a better understanding of an article, try reading the abstract and the discussion or conclusion first and then read the entire article. This Tips Guide from Marymount University has more information about the major parts of a research article.
Finding an Article
The American Psychological Association’s (APA) renowned resource for abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health.
If you are not able to access the full text of an article you would like to use for research, please use this online Journal Article Request form, and an LRC staff member will place an interlibrary loan request on your behalf.
Summarizing an Article
The following websites offer advice and instruction on summarizing articles:
Resources for APA Style
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) APA Formatting and Style Guide
Books in the LRC
The APA Pocket Handbook: BF76.7 .P833 2007
Concise Rules of APA Style: BF76.7 .C66 2010
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association: BF76.7 .P83 2010
Sample APA Citations
If the author’s name is included within the text, follow the name with (year)
Example: Jones (2009) found that diabetes symptoms improve with exercise.
If the author’s name is not included within the text, follow the sentence with (Last Name, year).
Example: Increased exercise resulted in diminished diabetes symptoms (Jones, 2009).
Author’s last name, A. A., & Author’s last name, B.B. (year).Title of article. Title of Journal, volume(issue), page number – page number. doi: xxxxxxx
Iscoe, K. E., & Riddell, M. C. (2011). Continuous moderate-intensity exercise with or without intermittent high-intensity work: Effects on acute and late glycaemia in athletes with Type 1 diabetes mellitus. Diabetic Medicine, 28(7), 824-832. doi:10.1111/j.1464-5491.2011.03274.x