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Abstracting and Summarizing Electronic Documents

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ASLIB Members: £410 plus VAT (if applicable)
Non-members: £410 plus VAT (if applicable)
Event available as:
Open / On-site workshop

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Abstracting and summarising skills are a staple of the effective information professional's armoury - but assimilating and reproducing screen-based content introduces a whole range of new reading and writing issues that don't apply to printed material.

Combining presentation, practical work and group feedback, this course will help participants understand and apply the special principles associated with summarising electronic content and will equip them to tackle the challenges this presents with confidence.

Course highlights:

The programme will cover:

  • Exploiting web signposting conventions to help you find the material you need
  • Why some web or intranet pages are easy to read and some aren't
  • Website navigation aids - Home Page, Navigation Bars, Site Maps, Breadcrumbs, Links, Find
  • Dealing with unhelpful screen lay-out - exploiting Acrobat reader tools
  • Selection and presentation - eliminating irrelevant material, writing plain English
  • Strategic reading - finding material buried in electronic text

Why you should attend:

This course is for:

  • Anyone who needs to summarise material presented electronically - in a browser or electronic reader
  • Anyone who needs to abstract or describe the content of a web page or site, quickly and accurately
  • Anyone looking for to effective reading, writing and navigation techniques to enable them to tackle any website, page or PDF document

On completing the course, you will be able to:

  • Apply basic abstracting and summarising strategies and techniques to screen-based content
  • Understand web accessibility guidelines and how to tackle non-compliant content
  • Make use of web signposting conventions to navigate round a site
  • Avoid the pitfalls associated with summarising unhelpfully laid out HTML pages or PDF documents

Course Director:

Tim Buckley Owen


09:30 - 16.30

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