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What is the difference between a Research Proposal and an Abstract?

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What is the difference between a Research Proposal and an Abstract?

Postby jamieson » Mon Sep 10, 2012 3:01 pm

For a research paper, what is the difference between a research proposal and an abstract? The abstract seems like it could fit into the general discussion section of a research proposal.
So what is the difference, if there is a difference?
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What is the difference between a Research Proposal and an Abstract?

Postby okes » Mon Sep 10, 2012 3:03 pm

A research proposal usually is a description of what you plan to study and include in your final research paper. It does not contain your results and final conclusions.

An abstract is a short paragraph at the beginning of your final research paper that consists of the highlights of your paper. Think of it as a short summary of your main points and conclusions. You should minimally answer the following questions:
1. What did you do? (analyze the old guitarist...)
2. What are your main results from the analysis?
3. What are your main conclusions?
In your abstract aim for a word count no more than 350 to 500 words.
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What is the difference between a Research Proposal and an Abstract?

Postby chonen6 » Mon Sep 10, 2012 3:09 pm

There is a small, but important difference. In a proposal, you declare what the problem, question or argument is, and what research you to plan to do in order to answer the question or support your supposition. It can be short or several pages long, depending on how detailed you are with your research plan and the points you hope to cover.
An abstract is a condensation of your essay or paper, giving both the problem/question, and the gist of your findings, and is generally from a paragraph to a single page long.
In the event you are asked for an abstract before you have written the paper, then you state the problem and your anticipated solution.
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