Abstract Assignments Assignment Instructions 1. Choose a scientific topic o f interest to you and locate a research article using the databases we have studied in class. (HINT: This is a great way to build the bibliography and Literature Review for your final proposal paper ) 2. Read the article critically striving for an understanding of the topic and significance of the research. 3. As you read, paraphrase in your own words the various sections of the scientific research article topic, methods, results, discussion/ interpretati on, and conclusion 4. W rite an abstract (20 0 25 0 words) that synthesizes your understanding of the article in a clear, concise style. 5. Submit your assignment in your Sakai Discussion Group Forum as a new Thread in ( http://lss.at.ufl.edu ). This submissi on should have 2 parts: 1. Citation in APA format 2. Abstract ( 200 250 words) You will also be graded on your critical and constructive comments on articles submitted by the other students in your Discussion Group. Assignment Due Dates Abstracts are due o nline T uesdays before 9:35 am. Abstract 1 9/6 Abstract 2 9/13 Abstract 3 9/20 Abstract 4 9/27 Abstract 5 10/4 Abstract 6 10/11 Abstract 7 10/18 Abstract 8 10/25 Abstract 9 11/1 Abstract 10 11/8 Grading Abstracts are 2 0% of your overall grade. Each abstract totals 2 points. Abstracts will be graded on the following criteria: Points Criteria 1 Abstract has all 5 parts of a strong abstract: topic, method, results, interpretation, conclusion .25 Full citation in proper format .25 Abstract is well written. (Uses academic language, is free of spelling and grammatical errors, is in the appropriate style, and demonstrates understanding of the article) .25 200 25 0 words .25 Feedback on other Discussion G roup abstracts NOTE: Plagiarism or direct copying from the original article will result in an overal l grade of 0. Assignment Purpose & Learning Objectives By completing this assignment you will: 1. Demonstrate your ability to search scientific databases and locate articles of interest to your research while building a lit review for your final project. 2. Evaluate the content of scientific articles (both yours and your peers) 3. Synthesize ideas presented in the literature and reinterpret in your own words. 4. Develop technical writing skills necessary for writing clear, concise abstracts. 5. Utilize proper citation styles.