Where to Look for Top-Grade Dissertation Abstract Examples
Writing a dissertation abstract can be a daunting process. Having a set of top-grade examples can make the process much easier, but finding them is not always easy.
If you are a student, the first place to look for examples of dissertation abstracts is at your university. Most universities keep all past student Masters’ theses and Doctoral dissertations in their library collections, either as bound books or digital copies. If possible, find recent dissertations from your department or program: they will be most likely to meet any formatting and content preferences your professors or program may have. They may also give you valuable ideas for forming your research questions and methodology. Consult your University’s library webpage or ask a librarian for help to search and access student dissertations.
The webpages of universities; PhD programs may also have current or recent student dissertation abstracts. While these are likely meant for prospective students, they can provide an excellent source of examples from a wide range of subjects.
Outside of your own library’s collection, dissertation abstracts can be accessed through organizations such as NDLTD, which provide links to many databases, including country specific collections. These databases, such as ProQuest or Dissertation Abstracts International, will allow you to search and browse theses and dissertations by date, subject, and in some cases universities. Some of these databases are free, while some may require subscriptions. If you are affiliated with a university, check to see if these databases are included in your E-Resource access.
Many university Writing Centers have sample dissertation abstracts or guides to writing dissertation abstracts included in their resources. These resources can be accessed online through a simple Internet search, or by visiting your local writing center.
Once you have found some dissertation abstracts its important to know which are good and should be used as examples. Any abstract should be clear, concise, and engaging. In 200-300 words an abstract should comprehensively summarize the main points of the paper, while also making the audience want to read the whole paper. Specifically, a dissertation abstract should briefly present important background, main research questions, methodology used, and limited results. Be sure to choose dissertation abstracts that do this well as your sample.