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Use these questions as you read through your own draft, or ask a friend or Writing Center consultant to use these questions to guide their feedback.
Wheredoes the abstract address each of the five categories included in the guidelines (Motivation, Problem, Approach, Results, Implications), and is it within the word count (150 to 250 words)?
How much of my abstract is original thinking about the work I am doing through my research? When I reference other works or research, how does it support my research?
What do readers take-away from the first sentence of the abstract?
Sentence by sentence, what new information does the abstract provide to readers?
Where could the writing be more clear and concise, so that every word is doing important work? Where does jargon or discipline-specific language prevent clarity, and how could that language be revised for a more general audience?
Where does the abstract include keywords, and how are the keywords sign-posting main ideas to my readers?
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