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Summarizing a short
scientific text in one
     paragraph
Definition

• A summary is a shortened version of a
  longer piece of writing.
• The summary captures all the most
  important parts (main ideas) of the
  original, but expresses them in a shorter
  way.
Use your own words


• The summary should be expressed--as far
  as possible--in your own words.
Reading strategies
• Read the original quickly, and try to
  understand its main subject or purpose.
• Read it again to understand it in more
  detail, identify keywords and highlight the
  essential information.
• Look up any technical words or concepts
  you don’t know.
Identifying the main
        sections
• Work through the text to identify its main
  sections. A main section can be made up of
  one or various paragraphs. (Number each
  each different section.)
• Write a one or two-sentence account of
  each section you identify.
• Focus your attention on the main point and
  leave out any illustrative examples.
The starting point

• Write a sentence which states the central
  idea of the original text.
• Complete the paragraph by including one
  or two sentences per main point or
  important part.

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Summarizing A Scientific Text

  • 1. Summarizing a short scientific text in one paragraph
  • 2. Definition • A summary is a shortened version of a longer piece of writing. • The summary captures all the most important parts (main ideas) of the original, but expresses them in a shorter way.
  • 3. Use your own words • The summary should be expressed--as far as possible--in your own words.
  • 4. Reading strategies • Read the original quickly, and try to understand its main subject or purpose. • Read it again to understand it in more detail, identify keywords and highlight the essential information. • Look up any technical words or concepts you don’t know.
  • 5. Identifying the main sections • Work through the text to identify its main sections. A main section can be made up of one or various paragraphs. (Number each each different section.) • Write a one or two-sentence account of each section you identify. • Focus your attention on the main point and leave out any illustrative examples.
  • 6. The starting point • Write a sentence which states the central idea of the original text. • Complete the paragraph by including one or two sentences per main point or important part.