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Content abstract

Writing a Content Abstract 

An abstract is the essence of your content. Whether it is an essay or a research paper, your content abstract should be short and convey the idea ideally in not more than 200 words. Though a research paper starts with the content abstract, it is recommended that one starts writing the abstract at the end of writing the research so that you will have better insight on what exactly should go into it.

Though a research paper starts with the content abstract, it is recommended that one starts writing the abstract at the end of writing the research so that you will have better insight on what exactly should go into it.

An abstract more or less follows the format of an essay. It should comprise of an introduction, body and a conclusion. To start with, jot down all the key points and make your rough draft. Iterate your rough draft and fine tune it as much as you can to draft the final copy.

Abstract Introduction

The introduction part holds prime importance in writing an abstract. Be it an essay, article, presentation or even abstract, it imperative to have a striking introduction in order to attract readers’ interest till the end of the document. This should be crisp and pertinent ultimately delivering the crux of your research.

Abstract Body

The body of the abstract should contain the methodologies used, work requirements and obtained results. It is enough if you include all procedures rather than being too comprehensive. Avoid using acronyms or abbreviations of any sort. Make sure your abstract complies with the word limit, font, and other specifications. Never use tables, diagrams, and figures in an abstract and remember to keep it light.

Conclusion of abstract

Conclude your abstract by giving results and its implications to your reader. Be specific at this point by avoiding too many detailing.

What should go into the content abstract?

Your abstract should give answers to several questions: why did you choose that particular topic? How did you conduct your research? What were your findings? What is the main argument? Why should someone read your paper?

Types of content abstracts:

Abstracts can be broadly classified into two types: the descriptive abstract and the informative abstract.
A descriptive abstract is short, concise and merely brief the ideas covered in the content. It gives an outline of the contents present in your work.
Informative abstracts are long, as they summarize the entire research or report paper. It is quite similar to a mini-research paper without detailed procedures and methods.
More often than not, most publishers and forums ask for short descriptive abstracts.

Tips for a good content abstract:

  • Keep in mind that your abstract doesn’t just reach an audience in your field, but other random ones as well. Hence, copy-pasting from the main content is a strict No! Always write it up from scratch.
  • It is also to be noted that using new vocabulary and phrases to give out the same meaning will give a new light to your work. Never use references to works that you didn’t do.
  • While at it, don’t be too specific and write up everything. An overview of what you have done without missing out important points is enough for a good abstract.
  • Run a complete spell check and grammar check after completing your abstract writing. Do basic revision for addition and deletion of points. Getting feedback from your colleagues or professors is advisable too.
  • As almost everything is turning head towards digitalization, using keywords and phrases in your abstract will aid you with better search results online. It also helps out on social media and other networks.

So sit back, take your time, and make a very simple, yet concise abstract for your paperwork without rushing into it.

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