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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?
Abstract Writing Handouts
These handouts offer information and useful strategies for crafting your abstracts:
We've color-coded the questions/considerations you should be thinking through as you write your abstract, and we've included a checklist of necessary formatting and content components as part of the abstract:
It's important to remember that even standard genres like literature reviews and executive summaries change may look different and require different writing stragies depending on the field and the situation. Read assignment prompts and application requirements carefully, and talk to your professors and classmates about the writing you're doing.
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