The role of the abstract is to tell readers:

  • WHAT the research is—what question the research is attempting to answer
  • WHY the research was done
  • HOW the research was done—what methodology was used
  • WHAT the results of the research are
  • What the results MEAN

In effect, the abstract sums up the research and summarises the separate sections of the thesis: the introduction, the methods section, the results section and the discussion and conclusion sections.

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