The Abstract

There are generally 4 parts to an Abstract:

1. The Topic (what was researched; 1 sentence);

2. The Significance (why the research was done; 1 sentence);

3. The Methodology (how the research was conducted - steps taken; a couple of sentences at most); and

4. The Findings (what was learned - a short summary and conclusion; this should make up the bulk of your Abstract).

It is common for conferences to ask for Abstracts in the range of 150 words in length. Parts 1, 2, and 3 above should be approximately one third of your Abstract (~50 words); therefore, part 4 should be approximately 2/3rds of your Abstract (~100) words.


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