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Writing Lab Reports: Abstract

An abstract highlights the most important details of your lab report.

If a reader is intrigued by the title of a published paper, the next thing she will read is the abstract. An abstract is a brief summary (around 150 words) that highlights the most important details of your lab report. It will include answers to the main questions that the report addressed:

  • why did you conduct this research?
  • how did you do it?
  • what did you find?
  • why should we care?

Rather than selecting a few key sentences from your report, take time to distill the information and clearly summarize the essential components.

Note that abstracts aren’t required in first year courses; always consult your assignment instructions to verify which sections are required for your lab report.

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