The abstract should be the last part of the dissertation that you write. The abstract is designed to give a ‘snapshot’ of your work.
It can be compared to the comments that you will find on the back cover of a novel – in that the summary of the work that it gives is designed to entice people to read the rest of the book. One of the best ways to prepare for writing your own dissertation abstract is to re-read the abstracts of journal articles that you have utilised as part of your secondary research and/or literature review.
All theses and dissertations must have an abstract at the beginning of the document that is formatted according to SHSU guidelines.
The abstract is a descriptive summary, no longer than 350 words, composed of three principal parts: NOTE FOR JOURNAL-READY THESES: Don't confuse this abstract with the other abstracts that you will create for each section of a journal-ready thesis.
Titles and abstracts are filed electronically, and keywords are put in electronic storage.
When people search for information, they enter keywords related to the subject, and the computer prints out the titles of articles, papers, and reports containing those keywords.
It will follow strictly the chronology of the dissertation and provide logical connections (or transitions) between the information included.
A good abstract will add no new information, but will simply summarise the dissertation.
An abstract helps give your reader a map of your paper before he or she reads it.
A dissertation is a long research paper with an original argument that you must write to graduate with a Master’s degree or doctorate.