A research abstract serves as a brief synopsis of the larger work. The abstract's purpose is to give the maximum amount of pertinent information in the minimum amount of space.
The following resources will help you write an effective abstract:
- The Purdue Online Writing Lab: https://owl.purdue.edu/
- How to Write an Abstract, Philip Koopman: http://users.ece.cmu.edu/~koopman/essays/abstract.html
- Writing Abstracts, St. Cloud University, LEO (handout): http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/bizwrite/abstracts.html