Article Outline

Article Outline Instructions

I. Selecting Article

A. Select an article relevant to Psychology to summarize using Library electronic resources.

  1. Click Path: Start at Pipeline  Library Tab  Databases  EBSCO – Academic Search Premier  Click on Advanced Search  Select “Full Text” and “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals…type your topic in the fields and search…
  2. Find an article that is related to Women & Gender Studies
  3. Make sure the article is 8-12 pages long (not counting references).
    B. Save a digital copy (.pdf, NOT html) of your article where you can find it.
    C. Turn in a digital copy and a paper copy of the article (20 Points):
  4. In Canvas, click on Grades, then Select Article, then “attach a file” to attach your file by the date listed on the syllabus.
  5. After you print a paper copy of your article, flip through it taking note of all of the headings and subheadings.
    i. Next to each heading write the appropriate Roman numeral, and next to each subheading write the appropriate letter or number. (See Example)

II. Writing Summaries

A. Set aside AT LEAST 4 hours’ worth of time for the Review (can break into smaller blocks EX: 4 time slots, 1 hour each).
B. Look over ALL the materials in “Article Summary” folder in the “Files” tab of your Canvas shell. Be sure to not only read these instructions, but also look at the files “Darley & Batson (1973)_Example” and “Darley and Batson 1973.pdf”
C. (You may want to read your article underlining important information as a first step.)
D. From the Article Outline folder in Files (in Canvas) download the file Article Outline_Template.

  1. Replace the words “your name” with your name
  2. Insert an APA style reference for your article. (Be sure it has a hanging indent).
    E. Flip through your article again taking note of all of the headings and subheadings and the numbers and letters you wrote next to each.
  3. In bold font type the headings and subheadings into your document, arranging and labeling them so as to create an outline.
  4. Type the page number on which each heading/subheading appears next to the heading/subheading on your outline.
    F. Select the most important information from below each heading/subheading and summarize or quote it
  5. Use a bullet format rather than prose (an outline, not sentences and paragraphs).
  6. Your final summary should contain more summarization than quotation,
    i. All direct quotes must be marked as such, failure to do so is called plagiarism and will result in a 0 on the assignment.
  7. Your final summary should look like the example provided by your instructor.
    G. After you have completed the assignment, take a break from it. Sleep on it.
    H. Proofread it. Ask someone else to look it over quickly for improper words or misspellings that stand out to fresh eyes.
    I. Your Final Summary should be
  8. Single-spaced (Times New Roman 12pnt, 1 inch margins)
    i. no fewer than half the number of pages of the article you selected
    ii. no fewer than 4 pages long (whichever is longer)
    J. A paper copy of both the article you selected and the outline you produced are due by the beginning of class on the date listed on the syllabus
  9. BOTH must be turned in to Canvas digitally, AS WELL AS brought to class in paper-form (100 points).
    i. In Canvas, go to Grades, select “Article Outline” and attach the digital files as comments.

III. Grading

Grading Criteria Points Possible Earned

Length of Outline (determines points possible) _%
Format 10 ( x length %)
APA Citation 10 ( x length %)
Quote Vs. Rephrase 20 ( x length %)
Content 60 ( x length %)

Your Grade out of 100 possible =
Circle: -10 Article too short -10 Did not turn in article with outline
-5 Did not turn in as assigned in both digital and paper form
Your Grade out of 100 possible =

  • This assignment can be turned in up to one week late for diminishing partial credit.

Sample Solution