Before you begin work on any research paper, examine the assignment closely for any requirements.
Q. How long is the paper?
Your summary should be about 1/3 of the length of the original article.
Q. How many sources?
For this assignment, you only need one source (your article). You will write a summary of the article in your own words. Be sure to highlight the main points of the article in your summary.
Q. How do you cite sources?
Do not directly quote any information from the article. You must put all ideas in your own words.
Q. What is due?
Is this just a summary? Are there other pieces like a rough draft, outline, reading response, a tutorial, etc. Make note of all the parts of the assignment and create a checklist to make sure you don't leave anything out.
Q. When is it due?
How long do you have to work on this summary? Is there one due date for everything or are there multiple due dates for different parts of the assignment? Plan out your time, so you don't get stuck doing all the work at the last minute. Plan extra time in case you have problems or get stuck.
Q. What other requirements should you make note of?
Are there requirements to include a certain number of quotes or paraphrases? Do you need to have a certain number of paragraphs? Make note of any other requirements on the assignment sheet, and ask your instructor for clarification on any parts you're not sure about.