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Chapter 7, Page 144

  • An abstract is a brief summary of your dissertation.
  • Not all institutions require this component, so check whether it is required, and for any guidelines on what is required.
  • Journal articles usually have abstracts, so you can draw on these for guidance on how to approach this task.
  • Abstracts in modern journals (especially e-journals) are often accompanied by keywords (usually circa six) which can act as a useful guide in constructing searches for your literature.