5.3 Writing a longer summary
When writing a longer summary, it is still necessary to use the 5Rs. However, because the summary is longer, it is also important to change the organisation. Academic texts are usually well organised, but when you write a summary you have to decide whether your summary will have the same organisation as the original text or not. This depends on your purpose.
While focusing on the way the summary is written, there is a risk of missing out or misinterpreting key information. When summarising a text, it is therefore important to follow the following process:
- Read the original.
- Make some notes.
- Summarise following the 5Rs.
The notes must correctly report the content of the original text as, if they contain errors, the summary will be incorrect too.
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