Summarising a source is when you express its main points in your own way, using your own words. Both paraphrasing and summarising sources require you to use your own words and in-essay references, but while a paraphrase expresses all the information contained in a specific part of a text, a summary gives only the main points from a much larger section or from the whole text. Summarising is a complex skill and one that is central to academic writing and that you will need both at university and in your future career. This section gives you key points and steps for summarising, looks at common problems, and gives examples of good and poor summarising.
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- Why and how should you summarise?
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