Formatting Your Thesis: Abstract
The abstract contains a clear statement of the essence of the thesis. The problem or questions dealt with, the methods of investigation used, and the general conclusions are stated here.
- All versions of the abstract (print copies, pdf, and abstract entered into the thesis registration system) must be the same.
Abstract length maximums:
- Master's Thesis: 150 words (the thesis registration system requires the abstract be entered as one paragraph)
Doctorate: 350 words (usually 3 paragraphs; the thesis registration system requires the abstract be entered as one paragraph)
- The abstract must start on page iii (small Roman numerals) or page iv in the template if the Partial Copyright License is p. iii (template downloaded November 2011 or later).
- Use plain text only (avoid using bullets, numbered paragraphs, citations, footnotes, tables, graphs, or illustrations).
- The abstract should appear on one page (choose Format > Paragraph > line-spacing Multiple 1.5 or as low as 1.25).
- Choose words or phrases that will help people to locate your thesis via search tools (library catalogues, Google, etc.)
- Keywords appear under the abstract and must be entered into the Thesis Registration System.
Keywords: This is an example, of how it might appear in your document; a maximum of 6 words, or phrases; separated by
semi-colons; sentence-cased; no period after