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Chapter 10 discusses the function of abstracts. It outlines what the abstract should contain, when you should write it, and how to structure it. The chapter also examines the role the abstract can play in planning the structure and argument of the piece of writing.

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Discussion Questions

  1. What are the key points from your writing that need to be included in your abstract?
  2. How are you going to structure your abstract?
  3. Will you start your writing by drafting the abstract, or will you leave it until you have finished?
  4. When you go over your abstract from a searcher’s perspective, can you identify what search terms your target audience might be using?