WHAT IS A SUMMARY:
"Involves putting the main idea(s) into your own words, including only the main point(s).... Summaries are significantly shorter than the original and take a broad overview of the source material." Purdue University Online Writing Lab. (2012). Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing
"Similar to paraphrasing, summarizing involves using your own words and writing style to express another author's ideas. Unlike the paraphrase, which presents important details, the summary presents only the most important ideas of the passage." University of Houston-Victoria Student Success Center (n.d.). Decide when to Quote, Paraphrase & Summarize.
- To provide necessary background information for your audience
- When broad, concise information will suffice
HOW TO CITE A SUMMARY:
- Attribute with an in-text citation; some citation styles request that you provide a page or paragragh number whenever available.
- You should not be using any word-for-word quotations or language unique to the source, so you do NOT need quotation marks around your summary.