Guidelines for Abstracts - Social Sciences

Abstracts vary in style and format by field and discipline. Please consult the following questions and categories as guidelines for your given field as you prepare your abstracts (Adapted from SCCUR guidelines).

  • Research Question or Problem: What is the purpose or objectives of the study? What is the key point of investigation?
  • Study Design: What is the methodology of the study? How did you collect or generate data? How was your study design implemented?
  • Results: What were the results of your research? What information resulted from your investigation?
  • Conclusions: Based on your data, what are your main findings and conclusions? 

Social Sciences Abstract Examples

Tips for All Fields:

  • Make sure your abstract is understandable to a wide audience.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor as to whether your abstracts should be written in the first or third person, and what is appropriate for your project.
  • Take time to prepare your abstract. Write drafts and revise in order to capture your project precisely.
  • Create a clear title that incorporates the keywords, key points and findings, and/or main ideas of your project.
  • Review your abstract carefully before submission, checking for errors, typos, and clarity.
  • Seek input from your faculty mentor and be sure to receive your mentor’s approval.