If you write the abstract before finishing the proposal, review it once you have completed the paper to make sure the abstract summarizes the ideas you have presented.
Insert a page break after the title page and place the abstract there, including the running head and page number in the header.
Today we look at the paper/conference proposal abstract.
This is a critical genre of writing for scholars in the humanities and social sciences.
An abstract summarizes, usually in one paragraph of 300 words or less, the major aspects of the entire paper in a prescribed sequence that includes: 1) the overall purpose of the study and the research problem(s) you investigated; 2) the basic design of the study; 3) major findings or trends found as a result of your analysis; and, 4) a brief summary of your interpretations and conclusions.
Sometimes your professor will ask you to include an abstract, or general summary of your work, with your research paper.
If you find you cannot focus your abstract on a single problem, your research may be too broad.
A proposal identifies a reason for the project, so the abstract also needs to establish how this project fulfills a need.
The abstract should include some general information about the procedures for your project.
Explain if you will use qualitative, quantitative or mixed measures and why.