Article 1 Summary

Article 1 Summary

 500-600 words Article Summary. Please see the article and the instructions that attached. Due tomorrow. No Plagiarism.  

Article Summary Guidance

Article Types:

You will be writing approximately five summaries for this course. There are potentially three types

of articles and chapters you will summarize:

1) original research articles characterized by a question, empirical design, data, and results;

2) “guides” that detail what researchers have learned about best research practices;

3) chapters from the assigned text.

The readings are selected to be at the appropriate level for this course. You should read them

carefully, as this will be reflected in the quality of your summary. Summaries will be graded on

completion and quality (including the quality of your understanding and writing).


The summary should be 500-600 words (about one page with three single spaced paragraphs). You

should make sure to include your full name and the title of the article / chapter you are summarizing

in the upper left-hand corner. The summary should highlight the key results of the article or

chapter. It should not be a copy of the abstract or introduction, and should reflect your own

takeaways from reading the article or chapter. It must be written in your own words (plagiarism is

a violation of university policy).


For those struggling with what to discuss in the summary, the following provides one potential

approach to organize your writing.

In the first paragraph, you may want to discuss the question being answered or discussed, the

context of the research (i.e., what policy or experiment, location, etc.), the empirical design being

used or discussed (experiment, regression discontinuity, etc.), and the data being used.

In the second paragraph, you may want to discuss the primary results of the paper. This may

involve describing how the paper proves that the empirical design is valid for establishing causal

effects. You will want to highlight the primary empirical results, referencing actual numbers and

regression results from the study with the correct units, and mention whether the results are

statistically significant. [For a “guide to practice”, you will want to detail which practices the

article concludes are best, and which are problematic.]

In the third paragraph, you may want to highlight the primary takeaways from the article. That is,

how do the empirical results answer the question used to motivate the study. You may also want

to discuss: any additional results of interest; any weaknesses or concerns that are highlighted in

the study; any additional research that the paper recommends.

UCSC Writing Center:

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