Requirements for Article Summaries

  1. The article must be about technology or how technology affects society. You may get the article from a newspaper, a magazine, or online (http://news.cnet.com/, http://news.zdnet.com/, http://wired.com/, http://arstechnica.com/, and http://www.npr.org/sections/technology/ are good sources).

    Remember to stay on topic. An article about the increase in car rentals over the past year is not an article about technology. An article about car rental companies using the cars’ microprocessors to see if renters have been speeding is very appropriate.

  2. Write a summary of the article in your own words. Do not just copy and paste large blocks of text into your summary. The summary must be at least three paragraphs long. Paragraphs that consist of product specifications do not count. A paragraph must have at least two sentences in it.

  3. You must use a word processor.

  4. You must upload the finished document to Moodle.

  5. Make sure you understand the article! If the article says “AnyCo is the world’s leading distributor of EJBs” then you had better be able to tell us what an “EJB” is.

  6. The summary must include your opinion of the information, and it must be specific. Just saying, “I think this is cool stuff” is not sufficient. You will have to think about what the article says and what it means.

  7. Write your summary in MLA format. Your paper will have a header with your surname and page number at the upper right. This is followed by (double spaced) your name, the instructor’s name, the course, and the date, in the format day, month, and year. This is the correct way to do it:

    Fulano 1

    Juanita Fulano
    Mr. Eisenberg
    CIT 010
    4 September 2015

    This is followed by the title, centered. Make sure that your entire summary is double spaced.

    After your summary, start a new page with the words Works Cited and the citation for your article. Although MLA does not recommend putting the URL in the citation, I will require it, because I need to be able to find the original article quickly. The Purdue Online Writing Lab has a page describing how to write references to internet sources. Here is an example:

    Works Cited

    Schmegeggie, Esther. “There’s a Computer in my Refrigerator.” Home Computing. Computer Labs, Inc., 20 Jul. 2014. Web. 9 Sep. 2015. <http://example.com/complabs/computer_fridge/>.

    If you don’t include the URL, I will take off 20% from your score.

  8. Grammar and spelling are important. I will take off points if the summary has an excessive number of errors.

Examples

Here is an article about what happens to your digital assets after you die. This article fulfills the requirements, as it does concern technology and its effect on people. Please read the article before you read the following summaries.

The following links lead to several possible summaries. Each summary is followed by notes that explain why the summary is good or bad.

See how articles are graded.