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Abstracts - A Guide to Writing

In this Research Guide, you will find information on the different types of abstracts, tips and procedures on how to write them, and where to find more sources that will help you write stronger abstracts.

Best Practices

What to include:
  • The purpose of the research project
  • The research problem being investigated
  • The methodology used
  • The conclusion reached
  • The significance of the research project
  • The use of active verbs, when possible
  • The use of keywords specific to your project
  • All within a range within 150-250 words
What to avoid:
  • Jargon or technical language
  • Redundancy
  • Irrelevancy
  • Unfamiliar terms
  • Undefined acronyms, abbreviations, and symbols
  • Needless words
  • Narration

APA Guidelines for Abstracts

David Taylor

4:22 Tutorial on how to write an abstract using APA format