ASSESSING THE POTENTIAL
[The abstract is NOT an introduction. It is a brief, comprehensive summary of the contents of
the paper. The abstract:
- Allows readers to quickly survey the content of the paper.
- Is accurate, non-evaluative, coherent, readable, and concise.
- Should contain keywords that relate it to the paper contents.
- Should contain the four or five most important concepts or main points of the paper.
- Defines the final product produced.
- In the Capstone research paper is the final statement of accomplishment. It is written in
the third person, past and present tense (as appropriate; past tense for describing
actions the student took; present tense for presenting current, valid information). It
reflects what the student actually did.
- Is typically limited to between 150 to 250 words, but must be no more than 250 words]