This Tips and Tricks research guide provides information on how to perform a search, ranging from how to choose what type of search to make, how to string key words together, and what to do with texts once you've found them.
An abstract comes after the title and before the body of an academic paper.
establishes the paper's topic
describes the methodology of the study (if applicable)
previews the conclusion(s) of the article
Read an abstract before you read an academic article! The abstract will tell you if the piece is relevant to your research, so read it carefully. Use the abstract to determine whether you'll invest the time and energy into reading the whole article.
NOTE: Some databases copy the abstract within the article's entry. In many cases, you can read the abstract without having to view or download the full article.
After the abstract, you'll often find a list of keywords. In addition to providing more information on the article, keywords can provide you with new search terms for your topic.
Source of article used throughout this guide: Holland, D. (2016). College student stress and mental health: Examination of stigmatic views on mental health counseling. Michigan Sociological Review, 30, 16-43. http://www,jstor.org/stable/43940346