An abstract is a small section of an article used to give the reader a general sense of the content of the piece. Abstracts are used when the reader may not have time to finish more than a few sentences of text, so the abstract must be a concise, quick summary of the full article, marketing report or larger text, which the presenter usually also includes in case the reader would like to continue reading the larger piece.

Abstracts can be unique pieces written specifically for this purpose, or simply excerpts from the introduction, when appropriate.

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How to Write an Abstract

Abstract: Literacy Education Online provides an overview of what an abstract is, as well as the difference between the two main types of abstracts: descriptive and informative. The article continues by outlining why abstracts are important, qualities of successful abstracts and how to write one, as well as an example of a well-written abstract.