Answered By: Priscilla Coulter
Last Updated: Jun 22, 2016     Views: 306

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.

example abstract

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.