When you summarize a source, the summary should be shorter than the original passage – much shorter. Think of the summary as the bottle of maple syrup that is left after you boil down 40 gallons of sap.

  • Shorten the passage.
  • Keep the author’s original message in mind. Make sure your summary does not change the intent of the piece.
  • Cite the source for its ideas, even though the summary’s words were generated by you, the writer of the paper.