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A research abstract is a summary of the project's key results or findings. It is succinct (300 to 400 words). It concisely explains the conclusions of the research. If well written, the abstract entices readers, making them want to learn more about the project.
Abstracts are generally included with research publications. They also are included on research posters. Abstracts submitted by students to VWC's Undergraduate Research Program are published on the Undergraduate Research webpage under Student Research Projects.
An abstract focuses on explaining what the research discovered. In other words, it should summarize what the research did. By contrast, it should not focus on what the research will do.
Research abstracts generally address the following components:
Different academic fields cover different research components in their abstracts. For example, disciplines in the Humanities generally focus on explaining the research's key interpretations or theses. Disciplines in the natural and social sciences commonly explain the research's methods, results, and conclusions.
To learn more about writing an abstract in your discipline, consult the abstracts of other scholars. Abstracts are generally included with scholarly journal articles, and they are available in the academic databases.
The Undergraduate Research Program will hold 2 workshops on writing an abstract on November 21, 2013 and December 3, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in Hofheimer Library.