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Why Summarize?

Your purpose for writing a summary is to condense someone else's words to just their main ideas, but written in your own words.

For example, you might be asked to summarize one of the following:

  • Research articles
  • Journal articles
  • Newspaper articles
  • Books
  • Short stories
  • Interviews
  • Speeches
  • Movies

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