• Writing Tips & Tricks: Research Paper Summary

    A research paper is created to deliver important information about an experiment and has seven parts: Title, Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Bibliography (or References). It may sound like an arduous task to summarize a research article, but it really is not. All you have to know is how to tackle the issue. In this blog post, we will explain how you should summarize the essay and provide a few tips and tricks that will help you do it effectively. If you need immediate help, this website can assist you with writing the summary.

    The Steps to Take When Writing a Summary

    Here is what you need to do to ensure that your summary is as good as it can be:

    1. Take your time and read the entire article, including the References section. Make sure you understand the structure of the essay and take note of all important ideas, claims and statements.

    2. Since these articles are usually written in APA format, skim the text and look for the most important ideas and points. You must identify the thesis, the hypothesis studied, the testing methods, the results, and how the results were interpreted.

    3. Take notes in your own words to avoid plagiarizing the original work. When you understand the study, you are able to write in your own words without being influenced by the way the author wrote his article.

    4. Write a draft and don’t think about your readers and the length of the essay.

    5. Edit the draft and start condensing the information. Weed out anything that is not important. You may need to add information where you feel it is not complete. Ensure that what you are writing is completely accurate.

    6. Edit the second draft and correct any style issues. Also, make sure no typos make their way into the final version of the paper.

    Tips and Tricks

    The summary is like an abstract. You must be able to condense the information from the original source into a completely original, short and concise work. All key points must be there – this is very important! You will be penalized if you miss important information, so make sure you read everything and include all important points.

    When you edit your summary, eliminate wordiness. The summary must be as short as possible, but still cover everything important. In addition, you must ensure that you use language that is scientifically accurate. For this, familiarize yourself with the terms and lingo used by the original author.

    Make intelligent use of paraphrasing and avoid direct quotes. Using too many direct quotes will make your summary too similar to the original study. It will look like a plagiarized copy of the original.


    Be specific and use concrete language. Don’t assume anything, state the facts as they are presented in the original source. It is also a very good idea to read the original study and your own summary once again after you complete the assignment. This way, you make sure that you have not missed anything and that your work deserves an A+.  

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