Abstract

Dena Bain Taylor

Abstract


An abstract is a brief summary which condenses in itself the argument and all the essential information of a paper. An abstract allows the reader to survey the contents of a document quickly and decide whether to continue reading. It needs to be dense with information but also readable, well-organized, brief, and self-contained. Abstracts are generally 100-250 words, though a thesis or conference abstract may be up to 400 words. This Guide teaches you how to write one, and provides samples of the commonly used formats.

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