Guidelines for Writing Abstracts (Summaries) of
Journal Articles or Web Sites for Clinical Microscopy
You will be required to research professional clinical laboratory journals (available in the Alkek library) or the Internet and submit abstracts on clinical
laboratory articles or topics specific to urinalysis or body fluids. An abstract is a summary of a document highlighting key points. The purposes of this
assignment are to:
1. provide the student an opportunity to become familiar or extend their familiarity with common clinical laboratory science journals and their locations in the
2. afford the student an opportunity to find various clinical laboratory web sites,
3. enable the student to find journal articles or topics pertinent to the topics currently covered in Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) courses,
4. give the student practice in summarizing the article or web site in order to identify key points, AND
5. give the student practice in writing clearly and concisely, using correct grammar, spelling and proper word processing techniques.
The journal article or Internet topic you choose must be related to topics covered in Clinical Microscopy.
You are expected to read the article thoroughly and summarize the key points. A cover page is expected in addition to the summary, citing the source of the
article or topic and the author.
You must have less than 20% plagiarism according to Turnitin. You may resubmit as often as you wish until the due dates listed below.
Middle of page.
Include the title of the article with a superscriipt reference/citation number; your full name; course: instructor; institute; and date.
Bottom of the page.
Cite the article. See “Abstract Template” under abstract assignment.
Our CLS program follows the CLS journal author guidelines. Use our examples from articles we published that are located under resources.
More examples may be found at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html.