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How to Write a Summary of an Article

Updated on August 15, 2018

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Virginia Kearney


Virginia has been a university English instructor for over 20 years. She specializes in helping people write essays faster and easier.


When Should You Summarize an Article?

There are a few instances when you might want to summarize an article. These are:

  • To show how an author’s ideas support your argument
  • To argue against the author’s ideas
  • To condense a lot of information into a small space
  • To increase your understanding of an article

What Needs to Be Included in a Summary of an Article?

A great summary should include certain important elements that make the reading experience easier on the reader. A good summary will consist of the following elements.

  • The main idea of the article is conveyed clearly and concisely
  • The summary is written in the unique style of the writer
  • The summary is much shorter than the original document
  • The summary explains all of the important notions and arguments
  • The summary condenses a lot of information into a small space

How Do You Summarize an Article?

Summarizing an article can be boiled down to three simple steps. By following these steps, you should have a thorough, clear, and concise summary in no time.

  1. Identify the main idea or topic.
  2. Identify the important arguments.
  3. Write your summary.

Continue reading for detailed explanations of each of these steps.

1. Identify the Main Idea or Topic

The aim of an article is to convey a certain idea or topic through the use of exposition and logic.

In a summary, you want to identify the main idea of the article and put this information into your own words. To do this, you must be willing to read the article several times. On the first reading, try to gain a general notion of what the article is trying to say. Once you’ve done this write down your initial impression. This is most likely the thesis, or main idea, of the article. Also, be sure to include the author’s first and last name and the title of the article in your notation for later reference.

When trying to identify the central idea, you should ask yourself, “Why was this essay written and published?” Clues to help determine this include the following.

How to Identify the Main Idea of an Article

  1. Gather information from the title.
  2. Identify the place it was published, as this can help you determine the intended audience.
  3. Determine the date of publication.
  4. Determine the type of essay. (Is it expository, argumentative, literary, scholarly?)
  5. Take note of the tone of the piece.
  6. Identify certain notions or arguments that seem to be repeated throughout.

Applying these methods of identification, let’s take a look at the article “Bypass Cure” by James Johnson. We can assume the subject of the article from the title. Upon further examination, it becomes clear that the author is arguing that new research suggests the best cure for diabetes is the surgical solution of a gastric bypass.

Now that we have identified the main idea of the article, we can move onto the next step.

Think of the thesis of your summary as a caption on a picture. Example: In spite of having lost most of the season due to an injury, Jim Johnson beat his own record and won the meet, qualifying him for the state finals.
Think of the thesis of your summary as a caption on a picture. Example: In spite of having lost most of the season due to an injury, Jim Johnson beat his own record and won the meet, qualifying him for the state finals. | Source

2. Identify Important Arguments

At this point in the preparation process, you should read the article again. This time, read more carefully. Look specifically for the supporting arguments. Some tips on how to identify the important arguments of an article are listed below.

How to Identify Important Arguments in an Article

  1. Read on a paper copy or use a computer program that lets you make annotations.
  2. Underline the topic sentence of each paragraph. (If no one sentence tells the main concept, then write a summary of the main point in the margin.)
  3. Write that sentence in your own words on the side of the page or on another piece of paper.
  4. When you finish the article, read all the topic sentences you marked or wrote down.
  5. In your own words, rewrite those main ideas.
  6. Use complete sentences with good transition words.
  7. Be sure you don’t use the same words, phrases, or sentence structure as the original.
  8. You may find you need to leave out some of the unimportant details.
  9. Your summary should be as short and concise as possible.

In short, you want to boil the article down to its main, supporting arguments. Let everything else fall away, and what you are left with is an argument or an opinion, and the arguments that support it.

3. Write Your Summary

Your summary should start with the author’s name and the title of the work. Here are several ways to do this correctly:

Introduction Sentence Examples for an Article Summary

In “Cats Don’t Dance,” John Wood explains …

John Wood, in “Cats Don’t Dance,” explains …

According to John Wood in “Cats Don’t Dance” …

As John Wood vividly elucidates in his ironic story “Cats Don’t Dance” …

John Wood claims in his ironic story “Cats Don’t Dance” that …

Combine the thesis of the article with the title and author into your first sentence of the summary. Reference the following sentence as an example.

In “Cats Don’t Dance,” John Wood explains that in spite of the fact that cats are popular pets who seem to like us, felines are not really good at any activities that require cooperation with someone else, whether that is dancing or sharing.

If possible, your first sentence should summarize the article. The rest of your summary should cover some of the central concepts used to support the thesis. Be sure to restate these ideas in your own words, and to make your summary as short and concise as possible. Condense sentences and leave out unimportant details and examples. Stick to the important points.

How to Quote the Author of an Article

When you refer to the author for the first time, you always use their full name. When you refer to the author after that, you always use their last name. The following examples show how to use the author’s name in an article summary after you have already introduced them.

Johnson comments …

According to Wood’s perspective …

As Jones implies in the story about …

Toller criticizes…

In conclusion, Kessler elaborates about …

You don’t need to use an author’s title (Dr., Professor, or Mr. and Mrs.), but it does help to add their credentials to show they are an authoritative source. The sentences below show ways to do this.

In “Global Warming isn’t Real,” Steven Collins, a professor at the University of Michigan, claims that …

New York Times critic Johann Bachman argues in “Global Warming is the Next Best Thing for the Earth” that …

If you are discussing the ideas of the author, you always need to make it clear that you are reciting their ideas, not your own.

How to Introduce the Ideas of the Author in an Article Summary

  • Use author tags
  • Use mentions of “the article” or “the text”
  • Add the page number that the information is found on in parenthesis at the end of the sentence

Using Author Tags

In writing your summary, you need to clearly state the name of the author and the name of the article, essay, book, or other source. The sentence below is a great example of how to do this.

According to Mary Johnson in her essay, “Cats Make Good Pets,” the feline domestic companion is far superior to the canine one.

You also need to continue to make it clear to the reader when you are talking about the author’s ideas. To do this, use “author tags,” which are either the last name of the author or a pronoun (he or she) to show you are still discussing that person’s ideas.

Also, try to make use of different verbs and adverbs. Your choice of author tag verbs and adverbs can contribute to the way you analyze the article. Certain words will create a specific tone. See the tables for a selection of different word choices.

List of Author Tags

Helps us understand
Presents the idea
Creates the impression
Points out

Adverbs to Use With Author Tags


How Long Is a Summary of an Article?

The length of an article summary will depend on the length of the article you are writing about.

If the article is long (say, 10-12 pages) then your summary should be about four pages. If the article is shorter, your summary should be about one to two pages. Sometimes, an article summary can be less than one page.

The length of a summary will also depend on the instructions you have been given. If you are writing a summary for yourself, it’s up to you how long or short it will be (but remember, a summary is supposed to be a short regurgitation of the information outline in an article). If you are writing a summary for a class assignment, the length should be specified.

Example Summary Paragraph

The following paragraph is an example of a one-paragraph summary of an article.

In “My Favorite Shoe,” Treyvon Jones explains that Nike shoes are the best brand of running shoe for serious track athletes. Jones supports this view by pointing out that Nike shoes are more comfortable, last longer, and provide more cushioning for the feet. He notes that the statistics from sales and scientific evidence of how Nike shoes are better for the feet support his claim. In addition, Jones points out that most professional runners use Nike and he tells his own story of how he won the 100-meter men’s competition after switching to Nike shoes.

Below is a template showing the components of a great summary.

Summary Template

Part of Summary
Introduction Sentence
In “My Favorite Shoe,” Treyvon Jones explains (insert main idea).
Supporting Arguments
Jones supports this view by pointing out (insert author’s supporting arguments).
Final Point
In addition, (insert author’s overarching argument and point).

How to Edit and Revise Your Summary

Before you are officially done, it is important to edit your work. The steps below explain the process of editing and revision.

  1. Give you summary a reread and edit out any obvious mistakes.
  2. Read your summary aloud. If anything sounds off, fix it.
  3. Let one of your peers read your summary. Make changes according to their feedback.

With that, your summary should be complete.

How to Summarize (Video)

Questions & Answers

  • How should I end my summary?

    The summary should end with the author’s conclusion or last main point.

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  • How do I conclude the summary of an article?

    Conclude your summary with a statement about what the author is trying to convince you to believe, do, or think.

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  • How should you begin a summary?

    A summary should begin by stating the name of the author (first and last) and the title of the article, along with a single sentence describing the main idea of the whole article. Here are some examples:

    1. According to Tom Castaway in “Taking Your Management to the Next Level,” effective management means clearly articulating your goals, supporting your employees and keeping the team on track.

    2. “Supporting Your Cat’s Needs” by Jane Yogurt is a humorous article that describes how a can manipulates their owner into providing them everything they want.

    3. In her usual humorous style, Sanda Cunningham offers support and advice to dog owners who feel out of control in “Taking Back the Leash: A Dog Owner’s Guide to Freedom from Panic Attacks.”

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  • What is “skimming?”

    “Skimming” means that you don’t read every word. You look at the bold print in a chapter, the first sentences of each paragraph and look over a page to see if there are important points. Skimming is like doing an overview. Skimming is easy if you are reading in your own language and often we do skimming when we are looking at a newspaper, or scrolling down our social media posts. Basically, when you skim read, you are looking for the most interesting or most important things. When you find it, you might read a whole section, but you might also skip a lot that doesn’t seem important.

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  • How can I summarize a research article?

    An abstract is basically a summary of a research article. To write a good summary in your field of science, it would help to look up several research articles and look at their abstracts. Use that as a model for your own summary.

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  • How do I write a summary? Should I use my own words?

    Your summary should reinforce the main point of the article, and should always be in your own words, just like the rest of your essay. However, a summary should not add your own opinion. The response is your opinion, and the summary is just a repetition of what is in the article.

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  • How do I include the author, title, and content in the summary of an article?

    There is a clear format for including the author tags in summaries. To start with, you need to include the title and full name of the author, usually in the first sentence of the summary. Here are some examples:

    James Joseph, in his article, “Remember When,” talks about his experiences in World War II.

    In his interesting retrospective article, “Remember When,” James Joseph retells his war experiences in World War II.

    Retelling his fascinating war experiences in World War II, James Joseph, in “Remember When,” gives the reader a glimpse into that period of history from the viewpoint of an eighteen-year-old soldier.

    For other ideas on how to do this and more words, you can use as author tags, see my article on citations: https://hubpages.com/academia/MLA-Citation-Guide.

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  • How should I end a summary?

    You end a summary with the conclusion of the article or a comment about the reason the author has written this piece. Here are some examples:

    1. In conclusion, the article clearly articulates all of the reasons a person needs to be careful not to let their car battery freeze in winter.

    2. To make sure the reader gets the point, the author concludes with a funny story of why she will never wave to a policemen at the side of the road again.

    3. Although she may belabor the point too much, Johnson does clearly and effectively explain many reasons why college students should take the time to recycle as much as they can.

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  • How do I keep the flow of my one-sentence summary smooth, and not awkward or choppy?

    Using transition words which link your ideas will help your writing to be clearer as well as less choppy. I have several articles to help you write better sentences. Start with Easy Words to Use as Sentence Starters (which has lists of transition words) https://owlcation.com/academia/Words-to-Use-in-Sta…

    You can also look at my Ways to Write Effective Sentences: https://owlcation.com/academia/Writing-Effective-S…

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  • Can I include a particular term that the author uses in the article while writing a summary?

    If the writer coins a term for something, you absolutely should use that term in your summary and explain that what the author means by that word. Similarly, if the author uses some specialized terms or vocabulary that is difficult to say in any other way, you should use the same words. You do need to make sure that your summary does not use the same phrases or sentences of the original (see my article on paraphrasing correctly: https://hubpages.com/academia/Using-and-Citing-Sou…

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  • How do you begin an article summary when it has multiple authors?

    You would list all of the authors in the first mention of the article and afterwards refer to “the authors of the article” or just “the article.” Here is an example:

    In “Our First Jobs,” authors Bob Johns, Sean Conley, and Stephan Ruiz explain how their first employment helped them develop as people. The authors agree…Moreover, this article elucidates…However, not all of the essays advice would be agreed on by everyone…

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  • Our teacher told our group to write a discussion summarizing our assignment? What can I include?

    Summarizing means telling all of the most important points. Often, in English, the main ideas are in the first sentence of each paragraph, but sometimes they can be at the end or the middle. Occasionally, the author doesn’t actually say the main idea, but gives you a lot of details and lets you read them and decide on the main idea by yourself. Whatever type of writing you are summarizing, the basic way to do it is the same. You read the whole thing through and underline the parts which seem the most important. Then you think about the article and decide on the main point the author wanted you to understand after reading. I tell my students to think about what the author wants you to think, do or believe. Often, there will be a sentence in the article which says that main idea. That sentence is often in the beginning of the article. Write that sentence down and include the name of the article and the author. Then you need to read each paragraph and write down the main idea. A summary does not usually include all of the examples. It includes all of the main ideas. Putting those all together makes a summary.

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  • In the exam, we will be given an article and asked to write an abstract for that article. What do you advise me to do?

    An abstract is another way of saying “summary.” However, an abstract is generally just one or two paragraphs. Often, the word “abstract” is used for a summary of a scientific article. Your abstract of the article should start with a sentence telling the main point of the article. Then it should have no more than ten other sentences telling other main ideas or reasons and evidence that support the first main idea. An abstract should have clear, easy-to-read sentences.

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  • In a summary, should I create my own topic or use the article’s topic?

    Your summary should use the main idea of the article for your topic. The first sentence of the summary should include the author’s full name and the title of the article. Assuming that you are doing just a summary and not a response, you should keep your summary in the 3rd person.

    Here is a sample: Stephanie Arnold’s article, “How to Live With a Cat,” humorously describes her attempt to train her cat to be obedient.

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  • What is the summary of the article?

    A summary tells all of the main ideas but doesn’t include the background details or evidence. Usually, a summary is much shorter than the original article, often a couple of paragraphs. In science, the summary is called an abstract.

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  • How do you write a summary of a research article?

    Often students are asked to write a short summary of the articles they use in a research paper. These are often fairly short, and are sometimes called an “annotated bibliography” or a “survey of sources.” To write that sort of summary, you will read the whole article through and then write only the main idea in a few sentences. You may also be required to explain how you are going to use that article in your research. I have an explanation and examples in this article: https://owlcation.com/academia/How-to-Write-a-Surv…

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  • Can a summary report be bulleted?

    In a business or science report, you can use bullets in a summary; however, in most academic subjects, it would not be appropriate. If you are in doubt, you should probably contact the person who gave you this assignment and ask whether or not they would like you to use bullets.

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  • How do I introduce the article title with no author’s name when writing an article summary?

    I assume you mean that you have an article which does not have an author. Generally, an article without an author is not a good source. However, some exceptions would be information from government websites or other authoritative sources which do not list the person who actually wrote down the article. In that case, you would introduce the article by telling where it was published and also possibly when.

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  • How do you write the introduction of a summary?

    What kind of an introduction you do will depend on how long your paper is supposed to be. If you are just writing a summary, you will probably just start with a first sentence that tells the author, title and main idea. Then the rest of the first paragraph should give the basic overview of the main points of the article. Several examples of this are given above. If you are doing a longer summary, or a response and a summary, you might want to start with an introduction that gives your own experiences or background on the topic before you began to read the article. For more information and links to three sample essays, see my article: https://owlcation.com/academia/How-to-Write-a-Summ…

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  • What do I title my article summary?

    A simple title is just “Summary of “Article Title.”

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  • Which tense do we have to use in a summery on an article written in simple past about a past event? Should we use the present perfect to summarize the events?

    There is more than one way to…
  • In an article summary, can I add my point of view?

    In summary, you need to just tell the view of the author. If you are also doing a response to the summary, that is where you tell your view of the issue and also your view about what the author wrote.

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  • How do I start a summary?

    The best way to start a summary is to say the name of the author and the title of the work and to give the main point of the article. Here are some examples:

    1. The complete guide to gardening not only annuals but also perennials and flowering bushes is “Texas Flowerbeds” by Neil Sperry.

    2. In “How to Get the Best Gas Mileage,” James Stevens explains the importance of car maintenance as well as driving tricks that can save on fuel use.

    3. “Organizing for Non-Experts” is Joan Causeways humorous instruction manual for helping messy people get a better handle on their stuff.

    Notice that even in these very short summary statements, you can use words like “humorous” to talk about tone. Moreover, you should also notice that you don’t have to start with the name of the author and title. That can be placed at the beginning, middle, or end of the sentence.

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    Virginia Kearney 

    2 weeks ago from United States

    Hi Jessica! I’m so glad this was helpful and congratulations for getting up the courage to finish your degree. I recently met a woman in her 60s who is going to graduate with her AA degree this month and is planning to keep on going! I have lot of other articles on different kinds of writing. If you type the kind of paper you are doing in Google and then add my name or Owlcation, you can find them. Good luck!

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    2 weeks ago

    Thank you so much. This was so helpful. I am back in school trying to finally finish my degree after decades. I have to write a summary of a Case study. Then I have to write my first paper after decades.

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    Virginia Kearney 

    3 weeks ago from United States

    You should keep the same name of items in the summary article that cannot be easily changed to a synonym. However, you should not keep the same structure of sentences. Actually, in a summary your sentences will only tell the broader picture not the details. Therefore, your sentences should not match the original.

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    3 weeks ago

    should i keep the same structure and name of items?

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    Virginia Kearney 

    4 weeks ago from United States

    You can just use the name of the first author and add "et al" which means "and others."

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    4 weeks ago

    I know I should begin a summary with the author’s name and so forth, but if there are 4 authors, how do I go about including their names.

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    5 weeks ago

    thanks, the site made me a good summary writer in class.

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    7 weeks ago

    Thank you sooo much for all the information!!

    now I know how to write a summary with your helpful words and examples… great

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    8 weeks ago

    OMG….This is the best explanation i have ever seen..now i know what needs to be done with my assignment. You’re the best. Thank you.

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    Muhammad SyaFiq bin Othman 

    2 months ago

    Your explanation very helpful and easy to understand. Now I can write good article summary for my assignment. Thank you very much.

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    3 months ago

    Finally, someone actually gets to the point. And gives a practical, useful informations. I personal appreciate that. Now, I’m ready to write a summary.

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    4 months ago

    Thank you for the information of how to write a summary. Very helpful. I am a first year at university, and referencing was a challenge for me. This article is definitely going to help me.

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    4 months ago

    Your explanations on how to write a summary article helps a lot.

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    5 months ago

    I caught very effective information from your explanation about how to write a summary of which kinds of words and how i can start the sentences…thank you

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    Virginia Kearney 

    6 months ago from United States

    Hi Syawal, I do not have any articles about how to write short stories. That is a good idea!

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    6 months ago

    Thank you very much bcoz from this article I can understand a little bit about how to write a summary.Did you have article about how to write simple short story?

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    Virginia Kearney 

    7 months ago from United States

    Cyrille, the last sentence depends on whether your job is just to write a summary or whether you are also supposed to respond with what you thought about the article. If you are supposed to respond, then the last sentence should tell whether you were convinced by the article. If you are just summarizing, then the last sentence should say what the author wants to convince the audience to do, say, think, or believe.

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    Cyrille Brown 

    7 months ago

    Hi! I don’t know how to make the conclusion of the summary of an argumentative article

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    7 months ago

    10q This is very helpful .

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    Virginia Kearney 

    7 months ago from United States

    Hi Mudradevi, You can do either present or past tense if you are consistent throughout, but generally, I think present tense works best. It would go like this:

    In "We See the Future," John Joshua states that…

    The author describes his thoughts about…

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    7 months ago

    do we need to write summary in past or present tense?

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    7 months ago

    We are using this in class right now. The teacher love this, because this is how sh want us to write. She loves this!!

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    7 months ago

    Thank you for helping me…its a very good work

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    Virginia Kearney 

    9 months ago from United States

    Hi Bethany, I think that you are quite correct except that the response would not be personal. Instead, your response would be an outline of how you would teach that topic. I think I would try to clarify with the person who gave you this assignment whether they want an outline or a narrative (paragraph form) of writing. I think that summarizing the article as a beginning would be helpful, especially if you are going to teach this information. I don’t have information about developing curriculum, but I do have some articles about outlining an explaining article, which is what this probably would be like.

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    9 months ago

    I was told to read several articles and then write a "curriculum outline" over each one (this is for a job where I will be required to teach certain topics, closely related to the required reading).

    I feel this is similar to a summary but maybe it should be formatted like an outline for an essay. I would love to hear what you think! I’m very confused.

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    Carly Ownbey 

    10 months ago

    i am so glad you made this because i am not good at this kind of stuff

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    Cynthia Bass 

    10 months ago

    Thanks for helping me. I haven’t wrote a summary in awhile and this will help me.

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    10 months ago

    thank you a lot. monday i have english exam and it will help me

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    11 months ago

    Thank you for helping me. Actually it’s my first time taking help from you. So thank you. I’ll make sure to take help from you next time as well when I’ll again get in some problem.I’m sure you will help me again. So thank you again.

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    Virginia Kearney 

    11 months ago from United States

    Yes Mari- a definition could be appropriate if the audience may not know the word or how it is used in that context.

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    11 months ago

    Can i write a definition in my summary? Will it be okay to write it?

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    Virginia Kearney 

    12 months ago from United States

    Hi Karen, you can use the actual noun of the person’s name, or a word that describes the person or their relationship to you. For example:, mom, teacher, friend, the woman wearing purple, the lady with long hair, the middle-aged woman, Mrs. Jones or my friend.

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    Karen Kenny 

    12 months ago

    Good Morning! I was just wondering if you might have a list of words to use in place of "I", "you" and "we"?

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    Karen Kenny 

    13 months ago

    This article has been so HELPFUL! Thank You!

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    Virginia Kearney 

    13 months ago from United States

    Hi Helencab! I’m so glad that my ideas are helping your students. One of the most enjoyable parts of posting these articles has been to see people all over the world using them.

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    13 months ago

    Thanks a lot! I have been looking for something like this for my students of 2nd Bachillerato (in Spain) and it’s perfect!

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    13 months ago

    great tip!

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    14 months ago

    Thanks for the grateful tips!

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    Hanane Moumaddid 

    14 months ago

    thank you so much …

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    Jorge Kwyntin 

    14 months ago

    it helps a lot for summary writers like me..

    thank………you VK

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    14 months ago

    Great article, very helpful 🙂

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    14 months ago

    nice work

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    15 months ago

    Congratulations, this was very helpful to me.

    Thank you

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    15 months ago

    extremely helpful. thanks

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    Avian Report 

    15 months ago

    This is a nice piece of work!

    Thank you.

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    Virginia Kearney 

    3 years ago from United States

    Hi Edu–If you assignment is to write about an article, then you usually need to summarize (tell the main ideas of the article) before you talk about it. Sometimes you summarize the whole article and then tell what you think. Other times, you might just summarize smaller parts of the essay and mix it with what you think. You might want to see my article on How to Write a Reading Response paper.

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    3 years ago

    I would like to write an essay from an article.

    Is there any other way of writing the essay or summarizing the article is the only means to be my essay?

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    5 years ago

    I love it very very satisfied

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    5 years ago

    Thanks a lot…

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    Zukiswa Dube 

    5 years ago

    thankyou so much this is loud and clear i was so frustrated don’t know where to start my summary.

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    6 years ago

    That’s the most clear explanation that i’ve been looking. Thank You though

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    Virginia Kearney 

    6 years ago from United States

    So glad to have you join us on Hubpages xstatic. I’ve been a teacher of writing for years and I’ve published in print, but I love this medium because you get a chance to have much more feedback. And you can always go back and edit your Hubs! Besides, you can write on anything you like.

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    Jim Higgins 

    6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    I bookmarked this one. I was an English major, but have not written formally for a long time. When I strated to write my first Hub the other day, based on an article I read elsewhere and some personal experience, I decided I needed to brush up on the process. This is a big help, and I will read more of your Hubs.

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    Virginia Kearney 

    6 years ago from United States

    Thanks donnaisabella–what a pretty name! Glad you find the information useful. I really only started posting here for my own students and have been amazed at how many people look at my pages each day on writing. However, I’ve written these up because so many times I felt the books didn’t explain very well. Best wishes!

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    Isabella Mukanda-Shamambo 

    6 years ago from Fort Myers

    Very helpful information. Thanks for sharing. I wish I had this 26 years ago, what a difference it would have made. But guess what, I will still need it in a little while!

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    Virginia Kearney 

    6 years ago from United States

    I’m so glad I’ve helped you Asmaa. So many English books really don’t give very clear directions. That is why I’ve written up a summary of the best instructions I’ve found over the years in different textbooks (plus my own ideas!). Hope your essay goes well!

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    6 years ago

    Thank you so much!!!!

    You helped me a lot!