How to make a summary: If you’ve ever produced any work, whether in high school, college or work, you’ve probably come across a summary. If you didn’t or don’t remember, the news we have to share is that your turn will definitely come! This is one of the steps of a great job and gives quality to the production that was made.
Those who are not familiar may have doubts about how to make a summary in Word, the main tool used for jobs where doing one is required or at least indicated to further increase the whimsy of what you have done.
To reassure, we start by saying that the summary is not a seven-headed beast and that putting it together is very easy. Here’s everything you need to know about it and the tips for producing a 10!
What is summary?
It is a kind of summary of the work, but not in the conventional sense of the word – in the sense of being a few paragraphs that summarize all the content exposed below or that was exposed previously.
The table of contents is a list of all the content that is at work. It’s what some call an index, too. In this case, it doesn’t matter any of the names (sometimes it can, so be careful). In Word, for example, there is even this tool that already leaves this part of the work in a correct format or close to adequate.
In a summary the author of the work does not extend. The list only contains the titles and subtitles of each section of the project to guide the reader. In addition to already showing what lies ahead, it allows the reader to go straight to the part they want to see, in case they don’t want to consume everything that has been done.
- It’s done in list;
- Must be in ABNT rules;
- It is the last part before the textual part of the work;
- Must have title;
- It should start on a new white page.
Manual vs. Automatic: which one to choose?
Word is the most famous and used text editor in the world. One of its tools is the ready-made table of contents – and the program offers a number of different formats. Therefore, it makes no sense to opt for a manual summary.
So, whenever you need to make a summary – and are using Word to produce your work – use and abuse this tool. The most that will happen is that you need to adapt one thing or another to comply with the ABNT (Brazilian Association of Technical Standards) standards.
A manual summary is a lot more work, requires you to start from scratch something that is already available practically ready-made, and leaves a lot more scope for human error. As we’re talking about a project that already takes a lot of time and effort, any help is worth it and it’s good to take advantage of it.
When to do the summary?
The summary should be done when the textual work is all done. As it is the part where you show the reader where each section is in the project, you can only finish it when everything is written. So it doesn’t make sense to start it before you develop your theme.
Once it’s finished, make the summary, because it contains the pages where each section is.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that the summary or index can and should be used in several different types of projects (scientific articles, monographs, books, articles, studies). Whenever producing a long textual work, it is important to use the summary feature to make it more complete and easier for the reader.
This is a way to make your work complete and allows you to draw more attention from those who are interested in reading part or all of what has been done.
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