On Writing an Abstract

So you’re finally done writing that paper that took months of research and now the last thing you have to do is to write that abstract. You’re scratching your head thinking, “how can I possibly summarize all my research in 100 words?!

How’s this for an inspiring example?

abstractThanks to Joe Kraus at the University of Denver for sharing!

But if you need a little help writing your abstract, check out the following resources:

  • Swales, J. M., & Feak, C. B. (2009). Abstracts and the writing of abstracts. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. [catalog record]
  • Suggested books under “Writing Manuals & Style Guides” in our Great Books for Scientists guide [link]
  • The UW-Madison Writing Center Writer’s Handbook on writing abstracts [link]
  • The Writing Center of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill handout on abstracts [link]

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