Writing A Research Paper Abstract: Basic Rules To Follow

The power of the mind comes from electricity signals sent back and forth between different areas of the brain acting as one super charged battery and generator. Confusing right? What if I was to tell you that that was the first line of my doctoral thesis and you are going to have to figure out for yourself what the heck I am going to be talking about? Good luck with that! Luckily for you, there is no need for you to do that and that is because in my dissertation, I have an abstract. A brief summary of what my dissertation is actually about. Now doesn't that sound more appealing?

  • An abstract comes directly before your introduction and is included in research papers for a quick, easy, understanding of the document for the future readers. It is very similar to the summary on the back of a book. That way you don’t have to read the entire document to understand what it's about. Cool, huh?
  • Make sure when you compose your own abstract for your paper, you don't give away too much information, but instead, you lure your reader in. You want them to have just enough information where they are completely hooked and then it leaves them off hanging. They will be left with a need to read it in its entirety. Try to relate it to the overall picture and how it would be a benefit for them to take the time out of their day to read whatever you have to say.
  • Your abstract should range between 150 words and no more than 250 words. Remember, we are not trying to bore them to death. You want it to be short. Make sure every word in your abstract packs a big punch of interesting! You want them to compare yours to someone else's paper on the same topic and set theirs to the side because they want and feel the need to read yours instead.
  • So try to think of what you want the overall topic of your paper to be about. Think of when you were in elementary school and your teacher would have you create the spider web for your essays. Now think of that middle section as your abstract and not just the title of your essay. Now that you know what an abstract is and why it is so important to include one, start your own. Have fun, go hook some readers, and change the way people think on a daily basis.

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