Summarizing is condensing the information from a source and presenting the main ideas in your own words.

When should you summarize?

  • Summarize a source if you want to condense several ideas from a source into one or two sentences.
  • You may not need to provide as much detail or description as the source provides and in this case you can provide a simpler or more basic overview of the information.
  • If a source describes both relevant and non-relevant information for your own paper or project, you can summarize only the relevant information you want to use.
  • Don't forget to cite the source, including the page number(s).