Research article summaries should include a synopsis written in the students own words of information pertaining to all sections of an APA style research article:
Introduction (i.e., a thesis statement describing the purpose of the research, an explanation of variables, statement of hypotheses, summary of background research),
Method (i.e., a description of participants, procedure, assessments),
Results (i.e., description of how the data were used to test hypotheses, explanation of how observed data relates to research question),
Discussion (i.e., explanation of conclusions, limitations of study).
Summaries should also include the students own critical analysis of limitations of the research and an integration of how the research article fits in with the broader research context.