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This quick study guide provides a brief overview of what an abstract is and how to write one.

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What is an abstract?

An abstract is a short summary, usually 150-250 words, of your article. Generally, it will answer in brief the who, what, where, when, why, and how of a study. The abstract prepares your reader to both decide if they'd like to read the article in full, and to follow the more complex analysis in the article. If you are writing an abstract to prepare an article for publishing, it is helpful to incorporate keywords that will make it easier to search for your article, keeping in mind that most databases allow people to search within the abstract for important keywords.

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