Abstract for Research Papers, Articles and Scientific Projects
Before you get down to figuring out on how to write an abstract, you need to be clear about what an abstract really is. In simple words, an abstract can be defined as,
“A compact summary (précis) of the whole research paper that you have just worked on. Learning how to write an abstract is like learning ABC; one of the easiest things to do.”
According to American Psychology Association (APA) the word count for the abstract should be anywhere from 150 to about 250 words; a decent amount of words to summarize your endeavor.
Writing Down Your Abstract
- The pattern and structure of the abstract remains the same as that of the actual research paper.
- State your introduction followed by the adopted methodology (approach & procedures), the results (findings) and, lastly, the conclusion (inferences).
- Your introduction statement says why you chose to research on the particular topic and what void you hope to fill with your findings.
- Secondly, you will talk about all the methods and procedures you adopted to gather results.
- Consequently, the results portion states all the things you were able to learn through the results gathered during the methodology.
- Lastly, your conclusion will touch upon the bigger inferences & suggestions you were able to draw from the results and how these benefit the overall objective you stated in the introduction.
- With that said, you now know how to write an abstract but beware that you have only 250 words so utilize and divide them wisely among the mentioned components of the abstract.