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Summarising Correctly and Efficiently  

Tips for effective summarising

Similar to the techniques used in paraphrasing, effective summarising can be achieved by:

  • Reading and, if necessary, rereading the source until you have a full understanding of the writer's message
  • Putting the source aside and writing the message in your own words, being careful to:
    • Preserve the meaning of the original
    • Avoid using similar words and phrases as the original (a good dictionary and thesaurus are very useful in paraphrasing - do not rely on your word processor).


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