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• It must be able to stand alone as a self contained unit, a complete
report in miniature.
• Superlatives should be omitted.
• It should not contain graphs, tables, or illustrations.
• It should be informative and present as much as possible of the
quantitative or qualitative information contained in the article.
• It should be between 100 and 150 words long, or as short as
possible without omitting essential information or endangering its
• It should tell: what is actually presented, measured, theorized,
studied, or reported; how it wasIas measured, analyzed, constructed,
derived, or fabricated; and ry it is so. Note any results, conclusions, or
theories used to explain what was reported. ll7yis not always present or
known; an article may simply report an observation of a phenomenon.
However, whenever results can be included, the abstract becomes more
valuable. How TO PREPARE YouR ABSTRACTS
• Read the article, and list, in order, the topics that are discussed.
• Review each topic in turn to see if a direct informative statement
of the result achieved can be written. Otherwise give a listing of the important topics studied or discussed.
• Compose a first sentence that will clearly establish the context and
scope of the article.
• Edit the completed abstract for style. Use definite statements
instead of generalities. Use the shortest clear expression for each
thought. Use language appropriate to the potential reader of the artic...
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