Abstract vs Summary
There is a clear difference between abstracts and summaries, despite some students thinking they are the same. Abstracts relate to research papers and thesis writing, while summaries are used in essays, books, and chapters. This article will explore the differences between the two terms and broaden our understanding of them.
What is an Abstract?
An abstract is a condensed form of a research paper. Written to convey the research findings of a particular study to the reader, it provides necessary information for understanding the core of the research. Abstracts are often submitted prior to presenting a long research paper at a seminar or conference, and they are used by authorities to publish proceedings in advance in a book format. Reading an abstract provides a clear idea of the subject matter and the angle of the research paper, reflecting the author’s mind. Abstracts can be found in research papers, conference booklets, and theses, offering a well-structured and clear understanding of the research to the reader.
What is a Summary?
A summary is a shortened form of an essay, book chapter, or play act. It should not be confused with an abstract, which is a short form of a research paper. Summaries reflect the events of a specific act of a play in a nutshell without involving the writer’s voice. They provide a simple narration of events in an objective manner.
- An abstract is a short form of a research paper, whereas a summary is a short form of an essay, book chapter, or play act.
- Abstracts are submitted prior to presenting a long research paper at a seminar or conference, while summaries are usually presented at the end of an essay or paper.
- An abstract reflects the mind of the author of the research paper, while a summary reflects the events of a particular act of a play in a nutshell.