Focusing Your Research By Writing the Abstract First

Focusing Your Research By Writing the Abstract First

LibParlor Contributor, Allison Hosier, discusses how writing an abstract first can help clarify what you are currently talking about.

Allison Hosier is an Information Literacy Librarian at the University at Albany, SUNY. She has presented and published on research associated with practical applications associated with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy as an element of information literacy instruction. Her research that is current is on examining the metaconcept that scientific studies are both an activity and a subject of study. Follow her on Twitter at @ahosier.

In 2012, I attended a number of workshops for new faculty about how to write very first article that is peer-reviewed step-by-step. These workshops were loosely predicated on Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks by Wendy Laura Belcher.

Our first assignment? Write the abstract for our article.

These tips was shocking for me and also the other new scholars in the area at the time. Write the abstract first? Wasn’t that the right part that has been expected to come last? How can the abstract is written by you if you don’t even know yet exactly what your article will be about?

We have since come to regard this as the utmost piece that is useful of advice We have ever received. To such an extent that I constantly make an effort to spread the phrase to other scholars that I meet, both new and experienced. Continue reading “Focusing Your Research By Writing the Abstract First”