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Summary Writing Sources

This site is the work of Klaus Maas. The site is bilingual, and is directed primarily to German students learning English as a second language. Nevertheless, the site is helpful to a general audience. The guidelines for writing summaries are very detailed. Maas offers step-by step instruction in the summary writing process and interactive examples of different types of summaries. Many students will find his page of useful transitional phrases especially useful. Use the arrows at the top and bottom right corners to navigate forward and back through his pages.

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This University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, web page emphasizes what to do in a summary to avoid plagiarism.

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Galludet U iconThis site from Galludet University in Washington DC is similar to other web sites above; however, the site also offers a list of questions you might ask your instructor if you need clarification on a summary assignment.

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Purdue OWL iconThis page from Purdue University's online writing lab helps students see learn the difference between quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing, and explains when to use each of these forms in writing.

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GMU logoThis web site from the writing center at George Mason University provides a power-point slide show which helps students understand the place of plot summary in fiction.

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