Writing an Abstract The following is from Evaluating Research in Academic Journals (Pyrczak, Fred. 1999. Los Angeles, CA: Pyrczak Publishing.) An abstract is a summary of a research report that appears just below the title and the name(s) of the author(s). Like the title, it helps the readers identify articles of interest. The function of abstracts is so important that the major computerized databases in the social and behavioral sciences provide abstracts as well as the titles of the articles they index. For your assignment: Summarize, in 50-75 words, the research you conducted. Try to copy the content and writing style of the abstracts you read in the Sociological Abstracts or Social Citations databases. Do not use future tense verbs. Assume that you have conducted the research already, so use past tense verbs. For example, “Using data from the World Bank, World Values Survey and the United Nations, we test ed whether a high consumption rate of electricity, television sets and food
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