Features of A Good Abstract

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An abstract is a summary of a piece of academic writing. The abstract appears in multiple locations, including at the start of a publication, in conference proceedings, and in electronic databases. Readers typically use the abstract to decide whether or not to read your paper or attend your talk.

Features of a Good Abstract

Structure of a Good Abstract

In science, the abstract should include a few sentences from each of the following sections:

Importantly, this same format can apply to abstracts written in disciplines outside the sciences:

Elissa Jacobs, University Writing Program, 2020.