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Unformatted text preview: The Abstract This page is designed to be interactive, so in places you can jump forward for more information, or will be asked questions that you find answers to by using the links. Simply click on the link, then use to return to where you were. This page covers: Purpose Common problems What is the difference between an abstract and an introduction? Examples PURPOSE For conference papers, research papers, theses and dissertations, you will almost always be asked to write an abstract. The main point to remember is that it must be short, because it should give a summary of your research. In fact, not only are abstracts short, they must almost always be a certain, specified length. Many abstracts are, so, before you begin writing, you must find out how long your abstract should be (for example, 200 words for AIT master's theses ) and you should come close to - but not go over - this limit. Abstracts that exceed the maximum word limit are often rejected because they cannot be used for databases, summaries of conferences, etc. An abstract should briefly: Re-establish the topic of the research. Give the research problem and/or main objective of the research (this usually comes first). Indicate the methodology used. Present the main findings. Present the main conclusions It is essential that your abstract includes all the keywords of your research, as it will enabled on databases which other researchers will search. Obviously if you only have two hundred words, you can only cover each of these areas briefly. The emphasis is generally on the main findings and main conclusions since these areas are of most interest to readers. COMMON PROBLEMS Too long . If your abstract is too long, it may be rejected - abstracts are entered on databases, and those is usually a specified maximum number of words. Abstracts are often too long and those is usually a specified maximum number of words....
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course ENGL 1302 taught by Professor Salcedo during the Spring '07 term at UT Arlington.
- Spring '07