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Course: Abstracting & Summarising Printed Documents

Outline Programme (1 day)


Welcome and introductions


Abstracts in everyday life


Reading strategically


What should our abstracts achieve?


What to include – what to leave out


Gathering material – using signposting


Gathering material – using strategic reading


Tackling documents that offer few clues


Making our summaries stylish


Winding up – have we met your key needs?

Training to help you...


  1. read documents strategically to identify their key content quickly and accurately.


  1. develop techniques for summarising or describing that content.


  1. summarise to word length and deadline.


• tackle a wide range of document types, including news stories, articles, reports, textbooks and unstructured internal documents.


Abstracting is a learnable skill


Information overload affects everyone, and there’s a demand for people who can extract the key facts and opinions from documents rapidly and reproduce them accurately. 


Abstracting is an essential requirement for current awareness services, database creation, enquiry answering and desk research, as well as for producing reports and briefings.


What’s more, it’s a learnable skill – just by using your ordinary reading and writing ability more efficiently.

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