Writing a Research Paper Abstract: Overviewing Your Paper Worksheet

Research Writing: Writing Process

Practice with this Research Paper Abstract Worksheet to identify different types of abstracts, choose between the most common types and practice writing an abstract. By completing 10 exercises, you hone your research writing skills in summarizing your paper with an abstract.

Instructions

For the first three exercises below, determine whether the statement is true or false, and explain your answer. For the remaining exercises, follow the instructions, or answer the question presented in each exercise.

  • True or false: You should write exclusively in the active voice within the text of an abstract. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: You should include judgments and an evaluation in any research paper abstract you write. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: You should include any necessary background information and define terms when necessary in a research paper abstract. Explain your answer.

  • Find a scholarly journal article on a subject that interests you. Examine the abstract. Write the bibliographic information below, and determine what type of abstract the article uses.

    Bibliographic information for article:

    Type of abstract:

  • What about the abstract you reviewed in exercise #1 made you decide on the type of abstract you identified? Explain the components of the abstract that make it a particular type.

  • Use either your own research paper, or find a sample one on the internet that does not already have an abstract. Read through the paper. What type of abstract would you write for the paper? Explain your answer.

  • Regardless of the abstract type you identified in exercise #3, pretend you are required to write a descriptive research paper abstract. Briefly outline the information you would include.

  • Write a descriptive abstract based off the information you outlined in exercise #4.

  • Regardless of the abstract type you identified in exercise #3, pretend you are required to write an informative research paper abstract. Briefly outline the information you would include.

  • Write an informative abstract based off the information you outlined in exercise #6.