ENG 120: English II
Spring 2008
Section 1: Mon. 10:00-11:50, Wed. 11:00-11:50, Room 205
Section 3: Mon. 3:00-4:50, Wed. 3:00-3:50, Room 205

Hodges' Harbrace Handbook

Brian T. Murphy
Vaughn College of Aeronautics
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How to Write a Summary
 

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READ the source: Several times. You cannot summarize what you don’t understand.

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Identify the MAIN POINTS of the source. For example,
Thesis
Topic Sentences

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OMIT minor points:
Examples
Description
Repetition
Explanations

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Draft your OPENING SENTENCE, including
the Author’s full name
his or her Authority or credentials (optional)
the Title of Source
the Main Idea, Purpose, or Point of View
an Active, Present-Tense Verb

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Write out the MAIN POINTS in complete sentences
Attribute ideas to author: use the author's Last Name Only, or PRONOUNS
Use Active, Present-Tense Verb
Utilize APPROPRIATE TRANSITIONS

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Add CONCLUDING SENTENCE
Restate Main Idea
Summarize Key Points
Draw a Logical Conclusion

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DOCUMENT
use the appropriate format for your discipline: MLA, APA,  et cetera

 

 

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