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Last Updated: Nov 05, 2015     Views: 1

Typically a summary is included to provide background information about a topic or to provide context for the reader, who may not know a lot about a particular topic or have read a particular article. A summary may also be used to illustrate a point in an argument. Whenever a summary is used in an essay it should be kept short, especially if an argumentative essay is being written.

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