Abstracts – Your Opinion or that of the Author?

Summary of Abstracts

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I’ve been reading the abstracts as they’ve been coming in. So far so good for the most part. You’re getting all the right pieces in place and making some great observations about what you’re reading.

Thank you.

One thing to keep in mind is making sure to keep the formal section formal — that is, distance yourself from the writing and be more objective. It’s easy to come across like you’re stating your own opinion in the formal part, even if that’s not what you meant to do. For example, take the following passages in the formal sections from a few of the abstracts already submitted:

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Abstract Writing Guidelines

Update 1.20.12 – Here is Kathy Ireland’s (33598 section) Abstract 1: Technology Overview and Impact  post that she very graciously agreed to share with everyone as an example. Thanks Kathy!

For this class, you’ll be writing five abstracts of 150-300 words each based on the “Suggested Readings for Further Study” at the end of each of the chapters we’ll read in the Markert and Backer textbook. Each abstract is worth 20 points for a total of 100 points (10% of your course grade). Read more of this post