Major Megan Newman

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Undergraduate Research
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, Virginia  24450

Preparing an Abstract

Abstracts cover the main points of a piece of writing.They are typically 150 to 250 words and follow set patterns. Abstracts begin with a one-sentence summary of the main point of your paper and often introduce the problem the paper explores.

Especially for papers based on research, the first sentence (or two) of the abstract announces the subject and scope of the research as well as the problem and your thesis.

Examples of Abstracts