Summaries are an overview of an entire work
Summaries are shorter than paraphrases
Summaries are more than 500 words long
Summaries are broader in scope than paraphrases
They help the writer clarify the meaning of a source, and they show the audience the quality of the author’s ethos.
Because teachers assign them
Because they help the writer needs to fill space and because it helps the reader follow the essay's flow
Introducing Rhetorical Circumstances of the Source
Restatement of the Source’s Main ideas.
Explanation of Evidence Used in the Source
Explaining how the source fits into larger discourse on the topic.