How to Structure and Write an Article Abstract

Mark PedrettiWhat makes for a strong article abstract? How much is too much, not enough, and just right? What goes in and what stays out? The abstract to your article is often the first thing that readers and reviewers see, and setting the right tone up front can influence the way the rest of your text is received. In this one-hour webinar, Mark Pedretti, will discuss the basic structure of abstracts, the adjustments you need to make to them in different publication situations, and the rhetorical purposes that abstracts serve in relation to other parts of your text. We will look at several examples of abstracts from different disciplines and genres in order to consider the strategies that each uses to accomplish its rhetorical ends.

Mark Pedretti is the Director of the Center for Writing and Rhetoric at Claremont Graduate University, where he teaches courses and conducts faculty development on writing in the disciplines. He holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley, and has previously published in Composition Studies and Studies in the Novel.

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