Professor Charles King, School of Foreign Service and Department of
Notes on research papers (undergrad and grad)The research paper abstract should present an overview of the following aspects of your project (you need not use the following headings, but make sure that you include something about at least these issues):
1. Paper title
The goal of the abstract is to give me a reasonable overview of your topic, so that I can critique your topic, your approach, and your major sources. The abstract can be written in either a formal academic style (in this case, the abstract may eventually form the first few pages of your larger paper) or a more conversational style, in which you talk to me about your general ideas and proposed topic.
The abstract itself will not be graded--but turning one in is required.
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