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Unit 4: Module 4 - M4 Assignment 1 Discussion

Assignment 1: The Big Picture

The Abstract is a brief summary of the entire research article. It helps us to get a sense of the research question, methods, and findings. Creating an Abstract is often a very helpful exercise for the writer of a literature review, because the Abstract conveys the big picture, so to speak. In the process of writing the Abstract, the writer must develop a big picture idea of their topic, data, and conclusions. Readers benefit greatly from abstracts. They use them to screen articles quickly, while gathering resources for their own projects. They use them to evaluate the strength of the paper, the generalizability of its findings, and the overall argument of its author.

In a literature review, a strong Abstract includes the following pieces of information:

1. Your research topic;

2. Your research/focal question;

3. Your hypothesis (what did you guess the answer to the research/focal question would be prior to beginning your research?);

4. A general statement or two about the findings discussed in the articles you’ve reviewed;

5. Your conclusions;

6. Some implications of the findings you’ve described (What do they mean to us or to society?); and

7. What future research needs to be done?

In the Module 4 Discussion area, post a draft of what will be your Abstract. The post should be at least 100 words in length and should include all of the above items (#1 through #5). Post your Abstract to the Discussion Area by Saturday, May 10, 2014.

Review and respond to at least two your classmates’ posts through Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Share your perspectives on their Abstracts and offer your interest and experience with their topics.

Review your classmates’ feedback to you regarding your own Abstract and use that feedback to refine it to include in your literature review draft and/or final paper.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Use the Respond link to post responses and materials that pertain to this assignment. Use the Respond link beneath any existing postings to respond to them.

Assignment 1: The Big Picture


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Responses are listed below in the following order: response, author and the date and time the response is posted. Sort by Response Sort by Author Sort by Date/Time* (an instructor response) Writing Abstracts Faculty Freberg 4/10/2014 10:42:48 PM

Hi, Class.

Don't let writing the abstract become harder than it should be. After all, you have read many abstracts as you search for studies to use in your own project. Think about how you use abstracts. Usually, we use abstracts to decide whether or not we should locate the full-text version of the article to read more thoroughly. Thinking about how people use abstracts should help you realize what types of information should go in your abstract. Imagine yourself as a student or professor who is trying to decide whether or not your article is relevant to their work. What would they need to see to make this decision?

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