Research Abstracts

Created by Mary Tran

Are you applying to present your research project at a conference or submitting it for publication? If yes, you will most likely have to submit a research abstract. Here's a quick introduction that will teach you all about abstracts.

Navigate through the module below to learn...

  • What is a research abstract?
  • How to write an effective abstract
  • The difference between an ineffective and effective abstract

You can also view sample abstracts for your particular field of study and explore the various components of an abstract.

Give it a Try

Draft an abstract for your research project using the tips discussed in the interactive module above. Keep in mind that an effective abstract is clear and concise; it should clearly state your research project's question, methodology/approach, findings, and significance.

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About this tutorial


Mary Tran


Taylor Harper, Caitlin Meyer, Shannon Roux, Doug Worsham

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain what a research abstract is
  • Recognize differences between effective and ineffective research abstracts
  • Design an effective abstract

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