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The conspectus (from  Latin : conspectus  = "conspect", "viewing", to: conspicere  = "conspecting", "viewing", "seeing") is a clear, analogous summary ( table of contents) or table of contents of a (mostly scientific ) text . Here may also visual aids ( symbols , arrows & c. ) Are used.

The text form "Konspekt" is part of the scientific work . From the content of a text, central statements and the argumentation are worked out in order to create a “ reminder ”. The structure of the source text is followed. It is particularly important to capture what is new and unknown to yourself. The prospectus helps v. a. when dealing with further literature and when writing your own text later .

Similar text forms are:

The verb to conspect means to "summarize".


  • Günter Bellmann : Biography and Lexik: The Konspect. In: Contributions to linguistics and phonetics. Festschrift for Joachim Göschel on his 70th birthday. Edited by Angelika Braun. Steiner, Stuttgart 2001 (=  Journal for Dialectology and Linguistics. Supplements, 118), ISBN 3-515-07979-3 , pp. 154-160.
  • Jürgen Schutte : Introduction to literary interpretation. Metzler, Stuttgart 1985, ISBN 3-476-10217-3 , pp. 206/207.

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  1. See for example Johannes Junker: Conspectus Chirurgiae tam Medicinae etc. Halle 1731.