Answered By: Priscilla Coulter Last Updated: Jun 22, 2016 Views: 1161
An abstract is a brief summary of an article, typically found on the first page. It is meant to give the reader an overview of the article's full text.
As a researcher, you can use article abstracts to determine:
- Whether or not an article is a good fit for your research assignment.
- If there are keywords you could add to your database searches.
Sometimes, you'll come across an article that has only an abstract, with no full text link. No problem! Learn how to track it down here.
Need to write an abstract? Click here for tips.