When is summary writing useful

Apart from the need to summarise other writers' ideas at particular points when writing a research paper, the skill is valuable in these situations:

■ when reviewing an article or book

■ when annotating a bibliography entry

■ when preparing an abstract

In addition, of course, it is useful to develop the skill by keeping summary 'note cards' on other works that you read. In particular, this will help you to avoid plagiarism, since by writing from notes you will be presenting information in your own words.

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