Basic Instructions On How To Write A Research Paper Summary

Research paper summary is an outline of the key points and ideas of a paper. It is a condensed text containing the main information provided in the body of the paper. The purpose of the summary is to enable the reader to get a gist of the whole text without actually reading it. On the other hand, it should encourage a potential reader to continue reading. For that reason it is essential that the summary is precise, straightforward and well-structured.

Here are several simple steps that will help you write an effective research paper summary.

  1. Read your paper again.
  2. To refresh the content of your paper in your memory, scan the research again and extract the most important points and facts. Choose the key theses and find the necessary arguments to support or disprove them. You may take notes or use a highlighter.

  3. Organize your notes.
  4. At this stage you should write a kind of plan of your summary including a short introduction, main body, and conclusion. Decide what highlighted information is essential, and what should be left out. This will first of all depend on the required length of your paper summary.

  5. Write the very summary.
  6. In a one or two sentence introduction reinstate your topic; write how you are going to address it, so that the reader understands the problem of the research. The main body of the summary will list all the major issues analyzed in the paper. It should also provide your evidence and arguments in favor or against these issues. However, the very analyses should not be included in the summary. In conclusions summarize the results of your work. Generalize all your findings and emphasize the topicality and prospects for further research.

  7. Review the summary.
  8. Once the summary is finished, revise it for accuracy, look for spelling and grammar mistakes, make sure it is logical and understandable. Since the summary might include statements from different parts of the research paper, check whether these statements are coherent and logically linked. Do not overload the summary with complicated terms that need some extra explanations, or will be explained in the paper. Make sure the summary is brief enough, so that the reader will address the very paper after reading it. Check whether the summary makes the same points as a research paper itself. Finally, read it out loud, or ask somebody else to read it for you.

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