How to write a summary

  1. Read the text. You should read the article more than once to make sure you’ve thoroughly understood it.
  2. Break the text down into sections. To make the text more manageable and understand its sub-points, break it down into smaller parts.
  3. Identify the key points in each section.
  4. Write the summary.
  5. Check the summary against the article.

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2. How to start a summary?

  1. Start with the source’s information. You should start every summary with the author and the article’s title.
  2. Work from memory to write the main point of each section.
  3. Present the material using the author’s point of view. As you write, make sure you’re only summarizing the original piece of writing.
  4. Use language appropriate to a summary. You want your reader to know that you’re summarizing another person’s arguments.

3. How to write a summary essay?

There are many situations in which you might have to summarize an article or other source:

  • As a stand-alone assignment to show you’ve understood the material.
  • To keep notes that will help you remember what you’ve read.
  • To give an overview of other researchers’ work in a literature review.

4. What is a summary in an essay?

Use the following to guide what you include in your summary:

  • Who is the author of the novel?
  • What are the main events of the novel?
  • Which characters are involved in these events?
  • Where and when does the novel take place?