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TRP Tutorial Week 7 Executive Summaries and Abstracts The executive summary of a report presents the key issues and facts of the report in a concise form. It is one of the most important sections since it is read by almost all readers. An abstract is similar to an executive summary except that it is used in theses, journal articles, conference papers and occasionally in chapters from academic books. The summary or abstract should normally include: Purpose or background to the document Significance or importance of the topic or research Research approach (optional: only if original research has been conducted, e.g., surveys, interviews, observations or experiments) Main findings and conclusions Recommendations (Advisable in industry or government reports but some reports only have conclusions. Academic abstracts do not have these.) What it does not contain: References Acronyms Examples. While it is usually presented first, before the Introduction, it is the last part to be written. Many readers will read ONLY the EXECUTIVE SUMMARY or ABSTRACT, so it must present the entire report, thesis or article in miniature. It must give the readers all the facts they need to get the important messages of the document.

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