What should a good summary include?

A good summary of an essay should probably include the main idea of each paragraph, and the main evidence supporting that idea, unless it is not relevant to the article or essay as a whole. A summary does not need a conclusion, but if the original ends with a message to the reader this should not be left out.

How many sentences should a summary be?

Write a one or two sentence summary of each section. Formulate a single sentence to summarize the whole text, looking at the author’s thesis or topic sentences as a guide.

What are the rules for summary writing?

A summary should make sense to someone who has not read the original. It should not sound like a list of loosely-related sentences that have been strung together in paragraph format. A summary should be written in your own words. Do not take strings of words from the source; do not *paraphrase.

How do you format a summary?

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