What should an informative abstract contain

The informative abstract will contain a selection of these elements, depending on how you perceive the reader's needs

• an expansion or explanation of the title

• the purpose of the research

• how the research was conducted

• what the main findings were

• what the findings mean

• what recommendations can be made, e.g. for further research

• what the limitations of the research were

Normally you would NOT include in your abstract

• any information that is not in the paper itself

• tables and diagrams

• citations from other people's work

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