By now it may well be clear what a thesis abstract needs to do. It presents ALL of the moves that are in the larger text. It’s not the blurb on the back of the book – it’s not a sales pitch per se.
The biggest problem that examiners have with thesis abstracts is when they don’t give the results and the implications of the research, but stop after outlining the problem and its importance. It’s not throat clearing for the real thing to follow.
So you can construct a preliminary argument and then put it to one side.
You can come back to this working document after you’ve finished your analysis and see how it stacks up.
You do need to make sure that all of the elements are there – what the problem was you were researching, the particular focus of the research, the place in the literatures, the methodological approach, the results and the implications and contribution.
(3) In most disciplines, abstracts spend most of the word budget on the problem and/or the research questions and then the results.
There is no catch, the service is and is only intended to provide a helping hand to anyone who wants to publish the information and to others you wish to find information.
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They don’t do an extensive trawl of the methodology and methods, this is left to the thesis proper. It will help to have a look at some thesis abstracts in your area.
There are some doozies out there – good to see what not to do – and some really good ones – these show what it’s possible to do in a well crafted tiny text.