I have been asked to write a summary of about 400 words on a scientific paper. I am not to include the papers method section. This is what is difficult. What points do I include? Any help would be appreciated.
Author=B. Ferwerda et al
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When I write a summary I use the following steps:
1) Read the entire article and underline or otherwise take note of the big ideas in each section of the article (i.e. introduction, methods, results, etc.). I try not to get bogged down By the specifics of the methods, as in most cases your summary should focus on what the researchers did and why, not how.
2) I re-read the abstract; the abstract is the authors' summary and therefore will highlight what the researchers find most important about their researcher and will be a good guide.
3) Using the abstract as a guide I write 1-3 sentences of my own which summarize each section of the paper (use the sentences you took note of when you read the article as stepping off points).
4) Then you can put all your sentences together and you will have your summary. It should read something like this: INTRODUCTION, INTRODUCTION, INTRODUCTION, ...
In this solution I describe the steps to follow to properly summarize and/or critique a scientific paper. I use the article cited by the student to provide examples.
Scientific Merit Paper
Incarceration, Addiction and Harm Reduction: Inmates Experience Injecting Drugs in Prison. By: Small, Will; Kain, S.; Laliberte, Nancy; Schechter, Martin; O'shaughnessy, Michael; Spittal, Patricia. Substance Use & Misuse. 2005, Vol. 40 Issue 6, p831-843. 13p.
This is the article I chose to do the scientific merit paper on, however I need help with the the following:
Explaining and evaluating the validity and reliability of your chosen research study.
Explaining and evaluating the scientific merit of the study.
Summarizing and evaluating the advancement of knowledge.
Summarizing and evaluating the contributions to theory.
Summarizing and evaluating the hallmarks of good research.
Applying the terminology of research.
Demonstrating both the depth and the breadth of your understanding of scientific research and scientific merit by including relevant examples and supporting evidence.