When we summarize a text, it may seem straightforward, but there is so much that goes into building and understanding a summary. Luckily, this post is here to help you understand everything. I will discuss when and why you should summarize something, and how to compose a good summary, and the steps you should take to do that. Lastly, I will tell you something that I promised you: the paragraph that you finished reading is a summary of the rest of this article.

So, what is a summary?

It is very helpful to be able to write summaries for a variety of reasons, from being able to pick out the most important details from a written work, to being able to quickly summarize a speech or a movie. When summarizing, you can demonstrate to others your knowledge and test yourself by trying to figure out how easy and how simple it is to convey the essence of a written or creative work.

Summary definition of each word.

To be brief: A summary is a concise summary of one or more points from a text, and is usually written as a paragraph.

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Summary definition of each word., Merriam-Webster dictionary
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Summarize the meaning of each word.

With respect to the Noun summary, it is a super-condensed summary of a work, to convey the essential ideas, and with regards to the Verb, summarizing, it is the verb form of creating a summary.

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Summarize the meaning of each word., Vocabulary.com
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Summarize the meaning of each word., Merriam-Webster dictionary

Now let’s set the scene. You just finished reading one of the greatest books that exists on the surface of the earth. You can’t stop thinking about it━how has everyone not read this story? Is it possible for you to share the book with your friends and relatives? Explain in a few sentences what it means. By highlighting the plot points and the characters, you’ve summarized the story. It is as easy as that.

When summarizing, your aim is to make the original message as clear and easy to understand as possible. However, many people will omit the most important details in the original message. You want to quickly access the most important information that is available. You should also organize it in such a way that the main ideas are represented in a simple manner.

When should I summarize?

In the past, there are a few situations where it is very handy to summarize a text. Being able to understand a text well enough to highlight the most important parts is a skill that is universally valuable. So, here are some of the best outcomes of using summary writing.

1. That includes checking that reading comprehension is good.

Before you can do a recap of a text, you must understand the fundamentals of the text you are reading. It is not enough just to understand the words and sentences on a line-by-line basis; you must also be able to read between the lines in order to accurately describe the meaning of the text. When you try to summarize a text, you are actively trying to decipher the deeper meaning of the piece. By doing this, you are interpreting the message that the text conveys.

2. Compiling the notes.

That is the relationship between researching something and the act of studying something. Both involve digesting that information and storing it in a way that makes sense to you. Instead of remembering a text word-for-word, which would require a photographic memory and the minimum of a million years, you break down the concepts into bite-sized chunks and store them in your brain. Write and read notes, and then engage in summary writing and comprehension.

3. Providing a brief synopsis of another person’s work.

It is very common for people to provide a summary of a book, movie, academic article, or other piece of media. As with our example at the beginning of this article, this is a simple way to give some context and to convey information about a piece of work. It is also helpful to outline the core arguments that you will support in an argument, either in an essay, a presentation, or a conversation. It makes it easier for an audience to understand what your message is trying to say.

So how to summarize?

Having to write a summary manually.

  1. Read it again and again, as many times as you need to in order to fully understand the meaning of the text that has been written.
  2. Write a list of short sentences and fragments that will help convey the message. These will help you in distilling the key concepts that you want to represent in your summary.
  3. Then, flesh out the fragments and topic words, and arrange the sentences so that they flow. Keep your summary brief. You are supposed to give all the necessary information. But if your summary is as long as the source material, then it’s no longer a summary.
  4. It is important that you make sure you are presenting the facts. In a summary, you should summarize the text while still maintaining its original meaning. There should not be any room for opinions in summaries, unless you are summarizing the opinions in the text. So it is important that you keep your personal thoughts and beliefs out of your summary.
  5. Double-check that this makes sense. After you read the document, read the summary. Did you get the best out of all the points? When it all ends, does your piece come to the same conclusion that the original text did? If it is true, congratulations! You just wrote a summary.
  6. Cite your sources when you summarise someone else’s argument. This is a very important step that you should take in order to avoid plagiarism.

Writing a summary using a summarizing tool, aka a “summarizer”

  1. Read it again and again, as many times as you need to in order to fully understand the meaning of the text that has been written.
  2. Copy and paste the text into the summarizer tool and click the green button to summarize it.
  3. You can play with it and change between paragraph format and bullet point format (key sentences). Change the length of the summary according to how much you want to include. You can do this by using the slide bar that is called ‘summary length’. Finding the right structure for a summary is an important part of accurately communicating the information.
  4. Copy, export, or finish your summary depending on what you decide to do with it.
  5. Cite the source of the material that you are using when a summary is written to summarize someone else’s argument. Then cite that same source in the work you are doing. This is a very important step that you should take in order to avoid plagiarism.

Using a summary tool that provides instant text.

Online text summarizers come with a number of advantages over summarizing a text manually and can also complement manual summarizing efforts with instant feedback. They break down short sections of text quickly, they help users edit their work to add or remove additional details, and they provide ongoing support throughout the whole summarizing process. I am going to discuss some ways in which these tools can be advantageous to you.

  1. Summarizing tools can be used to check that your readers are understanding what you have written. If you are not certain what a text is trying to convey, using a summarizer tool can help you understand it. It breaks down the main points of the text into digestible pieces of information, using language that is easy to understand.
  2. If you aren’t sure if the summary that you wrote is good or not, you can compare your summary with the summary from someone else, and instantly get feedback. If the summary you write matches the one that the AI gives, you have objective proof that you’ve understood the entire text. It is especially useful when you are reviewing and digesting dense texts, such as academic papers or technical writing.
  3. When you enter notes into an online summary, it will allow you to have a general overview of what your research has concluded. This will enable you to better understand and remember the details that are written in your notes. Also, if you see the information in another way, that will help you retain it better. Are you studying for an exam? You should summarise your notes and use them as a resource for yourself.
  4. What is summarizing? It is possible to quickly compare and contrast sources. It is especially useful for writing arguments and fact-based writing. One click away, you will get a brief summary of any text. That is, you can decide whether the source presents different information than what you already know. That will save you time during the research process.
  5. It is very helpful for you to have a way to check your work and to be sure that your ideas are clearly and clearly stated. The summarizing tools in this tool help you to find out what you are doing and what you have written. If the summary misses a point, it is an indication that what you have written is not as straightforward as you may think. So, that could be an indication that the tangents in your writing are confusing your message. You can use this method to revamp a rambling blog post or meandering essay.

Some examples of summary writing.

Sometimes it is easier to see how things are done than to read about them. That is why we’ve compiled a few summary examples for you below. In this section, as you go through the examples, try to find out which of the main points from each text, and see if what you come up with matches the message that is being provided in the summary.

So here is a summary of some examples. 1.

Original

For some old school film makers, film is the preferred medium, but studios are usually too costly to authorize that. There are many disadvantages to filmmaking that dwarf the authenticity of what the filmmaker is trying to do. In addition to the obvious costs, film is also impossible to reuse. Any day when shooting a video, the crew must also take pictures, or else every resource that was used on that day would be wasted. The cost of filming doesn’t end on the day of shooting. Cinematographers who use film must first develop the film, and after that, the expensive process of editing the film must also be done. Matthau, and Charles. How technology has affected the way we make films: film vs. So the debate on the Internet has ended. Wired, Conde Nast, 7 Aug. 2015. (1)

This is the manual summary.

Shooting a movie on film has many disadvantages. One of them is that it is wasteful, time consuming, and expensive. Matthewthau 2015).

Summarizing Output of the Summarizer.

Use a summary tool to summarize example 1.
Use a summary tool to summarize example 1.

Summary of Example 2.

Original

What was the weight of the letters that anonymous sent to any sensible person? None. It protects against lies, cowardice, and detestable ideas. As for protecting the journalists who write truth, and if they are human, they do not need protection against personal attacks. You are North, William. The City of the Jugglers; or, Free-Trade in Souls. It was 1850 in London.

This is the manual summary.

People who write anonymously are cowards and often tell lies. Moreover, if journalists are trustworthy, they won’t need to be protected by being anonymous. (north of 1850).

Summarizing Output of the Summarizer.

A summarising of Example 2 using an e-summarizing tool.
A summarising of Example 2 using an e-summarizing tool.

Summary of Example 3.

Original

When the curious people arrived from far away. There was a carnival that was traveling, and a flying acrobat came to the crowd several times. But no one noticed him because his wings were not the wings of an angel, but the wings of a sidereal bat. A group of the most unfortunate invalids on earth came to seek medical attention: one poor woman who has been counting her heartbeats since she was a child; a Portuguese man who could not sleep because he was disturbed by the stars; a sleepwalker who got up in the night to undo the things that he had done while he was awake; and many other people who were sick with less serious illnesses. Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. I am not sure what you meant. But he was a very old man who had very big wings.  Casa de las Americas, 1968.

This is the manual summary.

People who needed medical assistance traveled from far away to help others. There was also a woman with heart issues, an insomniac, and a sleepwalker. (GARCIA MARCEZ, 1968).

Summary of Example 4.

Original

Throughout the history of the earth, its climate has changed. It was important to note that over the past 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat. With the end of the last ice age almost 11,700 years ago, that marked the beginning of the modern climate era and the beginning of human civilization. Most of these changes in the climate are due to very small changes in the orbit of Earth. As a result, there is an impact on how much solar energy our planet receives. That is why the current warming trend is so important. Most of it is very likely (more than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity. That has happened since the mid-20th century and has continued at a rate that has been unprecedented over the past decade and millennium. Satellites orbiting the Earth and other technological advances have enabled scientists to see the big picture. They are collecting many kinds of information about our planet and its climate on a global scale. Because of all the data that we collect over many years, we can tell you what signals signal that we are experiencing a changing climate. In the mid-19th century, scientists showed that carbon dioxide and other gases also trap heat. Because of their power to affect the transmission of infrared energy through the atmosphere, they are the scientific basis of many instruments flown by Nasa. There is no question that increasing levels of greenhouse gases cause the earth to warm in response to a temperature increase. Ice cores that have been taken from greenland, antarctica, and tropical mountain glaciers show how the earth’s climate changes when we increase the amount of greenhouse gas. In addition, you can also find ancient evidence in the form of tree rings, ocean sediment, coral reefs, and layers of sedimentary rocks. This ancient, or paleoclimate, evidence shows that current warming is occurring roughly ten times faster than the average rate of warming during the Ice Age-recovery timeframe. Climate change: How can we know that? NASA, climate.nasa.gov/evidence. Published on 20 May 2021.

Summarizing Output of the Summarizer.

So let’s summarise example 4 using a summarizing tool.
So let’s summarise example 4 using a summarizing tool.

Then it was cited in-text: (“Climate change: how can we know?”).

So, to summarize it all.

Writing a summary is a useful skill to have. It is useful for checking your understanding of a subject, to support an argument, to ensure that your ideas make sense, and to save time. With the online summary tools, you will have quick access to the most important bits of information in any given text. This is a great way for you to review your work.

A summary is a summary that highlights the most important parts of a message in order that the message can be best communicated. While that is a great function, people must still make sure that they cite the source from which they are presenting their summary.

All of the best summaries are concise, informative, and include only the most relevant information. Now that you’ve read all this article, you are ready to go out and start writing your own summaries.

(1) All the examples in the summary section are cited using the MLA format.