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Plagiarism: Summarizing


Summarizing Definition


This quote defines summarizing:

"Summarizing involves putting the main idea(s) into your own words, including only the main point(s). Once again, it is necessary to attribute summarized ideas to the original source. Summaries are significantly shorter than the original and take a broad overview of the source material" (Driscoll and Brizee).


Example of Summarizing


This paragraph summarizes the Purdue OWL's Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing webpage:

Quotations, paraphrasing, and summarizing are the three acceptable ways to include another person's work in your own work. In each case you are giving credit to the original author. Whether you use a quote, paraphrase, or summary depends on how close your work is to the original. Quotes are an exact duplication of the original, paraphrases are close to the original content, and summaries are more general and less detailed than the original. It is important to practice quotations, paraphrasing, and summarizing (Driscoll and Brizee).


Example of Reference (MLA style)


Driscoll, Dana Lynn, and Allen Brizee. "Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing." The Purdue OWL Family of Sites. The Writing Lab and OWL at Purdue and Purdue University, 2013. Web. 1 July 2015.