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Unformatted text preview: dexer. • 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 aceuracy. • 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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