Presented at the beginning of the thesis, it is likely the first substantive description of your work read by an external examiner. To preserve visual coherence, you may wish to limit the abstract for your doctoral dissertation to one double-spaced page, about words.
Most readers who encounter your abstract in a bibliographic database or receive an email announcing your research presentation will never retrieve the full text or attend the presentation.
They should be presented near the beginning of the abstract. The structure of the abstract should mirror the structure of the whole thesis, and should represent all its major elements.
You should view it as an opportunity to set accurate expectations. For example, if your thesis has five chapters introduction, literature review, methodology, results, conclusionthere should be one or more sentences assigned to summarize each chapter.
The abstract is a summary of the whole thesis. Abstracts appear, absent the full text of the thesis, in bibliographic indexes such as PsycInfo.
In addition to that function, it must be capable of substituting for the whole thesis when there is insufficient time and space for the full text.
If there are more than three major research questions in your thesis, you should consider restructuring them by reducing some to subsidiary status. The primary function of your thesis and by extension your abstract is not to tell readers what you did, it is to tell them what you discovered.
Approximately the last half of the abstract should be dedicated to summarizing and interpreting your results. They may also be presented in announcements of the thesis examination. An abstract is not merely an introduction in the sense of a preface, preamble, or advance organizer that prepares the reader for the thesis.
Other information, such as the account of your research methods, is needed mainly to back the claims you make about your results.
They form the skeleton to which other elements adhere. It presents all the major elements of your work in a highly condensed form. There is only room for one to three questions. The abstract is an important component of your thesis.
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