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Effective Summary Strategies One effective way to understand a source is to summarize it before you begin writing the first draft of your essay. What is summary? How is it different from paraphrasing or quoting? The Purdue OWL defines summarizing as “putting the main idea(s) into your own words, including only the main point(s). Once again, it is necessary to attribute summarized ideas to the original source. Summaries are significantly shorter than the original and take a broad overview of the source material.” Paraphrasing, on the other hand, is defined as “putting a passage from source material into your own words. A paraphrase must also be attributed to the original source.” And quoting is when the text “must be identical to the original, using a narrow segment of the source. They must match the source document word for word and must be attributed to the original author.” Here are strategies for summarizing a source 1 : 1. Read the source through quickly to understand its general ideas, and concentrate the
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