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How to Write a Research Abstract An abstract is a preliminary report of research results. It serves several purposes: it is generally the first announcement of the findings of a study; it provides access to feedback from one's peers; and it is the stepping-off point for achieving the ultimate aim of a research project, the writing and publishing of a full paper in the peer-reviewed literature. An abstract is a condensed version of the first draft of the paper. Its purpose can be boiled down to providing the answers to the following questions: 1. Why did you start? 2. What did you do? 3. What did you find? 4. What does it mean? The different sections of the abstract address these 4 questions, and, even though it cannot go into detail, every abstract should answer all of them. After the title and list of authors and affiliations, these sections are the introduction (background), the methods used, the results, and a statement of the conclusions drawn. The Title The title should be an accurate promise of the abstract's contents. It should convey as much as possible about the context and the aims of the study. Ideally about 10-12 words long, it should include the scope of the investigation, the study design, and the goal. In
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This note was uploaded on 05/25/2010 for the course IT 255 taught by Professor Dr. during the Spring '10 term at Institute of Business Administration.

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