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How to Write an Abstract

The following is an outline for writing an abstract. Not all papers or instructors require abstracts. Abstracts and executive summaries are similar in structure and content. The term APA uses for this summary of a paper is "abstract."

  • Statement of purpose of the research
  • Scope of the research - what research consisted of
  • Importance/significance of the research
  • Major points of literature review
  • Research method selected and why
  • Objectives
  • Proposed interventions
  • Data collection method (questionnaires/interviews, etc.)
  • Results summarized (in general)
  • Conclusions (your interpretation)
  • Recommendations
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