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Get your assignment in front of you, then follow the instructions below. Type your response to each step in the box below it. When you have filled in all the boxes, click on the button at the bottom of the page and you will be well on your way with this project.

Step 1: Look at your assignment. Are you being asked simply to summarize a reading or lecture, or will you need to include your own thoughts about the material? Will you need to integrate your summary into a larger paper?

Explain your assignment in the box below:



Step 2: Look back at the article, chapter, or lecture notes you've been asked to summarize. Underline those ideas that seem most important.

Now, turn your article or notes over and without looking at them again, summarize the main points below. Be sure to use your own words!




Step 3: Name your source. Who wrote the article or gave the lecture? Is the article from a book or magazine? Explain below:



Step 4: Look back at your responses in steps two and three. Now, write one sentence that includes your source and uses a signal phrase.

(Would you like help using signal phrases? If so, click here.)

Write your sentence here:






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