Considering that you have finished writing your thesis, it is high time that you started working on your thesis summary or abstract as the last and final part of your research paper before submitting it to your instructor. Writing an abstract is actually the simplest way for your audience, the teachers and the panel of publishers (if you wish for it to be published) to know what your research paper is about without going through the bulk of your paper.
According to an article found in the Simon Fraser University database, the abstract is deemed a critical part of your thesis and it is presented at the beginning of the thesis, as it is a summary of the whole thesis. The thesis summary is a substantive description of your work read by an external examiner by presenting all the major elements of your work in a highly condensed form.
Normally, a thesis summary would only contain 120 or less (for undergraduate theses), 150 words (for Masters theses) and 350 words (for a doctoral dissertation).
Listed below are some thesis summary examples:
This study aimed to analyze and identify the most frequent news category and rhetoric of the three local English dailies as well as assess whether they align to the readers’ news preference. These factors served as the sources of the data gathered by the researchers: ninety tertiary students, each local publication’s respective editorial board, and banner stories. Findings indicated that even though the editors would usually select their stories based on impact, the
banner story content however focused more on news like crime and politics which are mostly conflict-based issues, instead of human interest stories that readers prefer the most. In conclusion, the respective editorial boards of each publication are not presenting the readers with their main interests in the banner story.
Keywords: banner stories, news values, news categories, gatekeeping/gatekeepers, and readers’ preference
An example of a summary format
The aim or goal or purpose of this graduation thesis (title) is to … (analyse, characterize, compare,
examine, illustrate, present, survey, design, reconstruct) …
The graduation thesis is composed of five chapters, each of them dealing with different aspect of …
Chapter 1 is introductory and (defines, describes, reviews, deals with) … The chapter is subdivided
into two parts. Part 1 describes … and explains … . Part 2 deals with …
Chapter 2 examines … . The chapter consists of three parts. Part 1 focuses on … . Part 2 investigates
… . Part 3 addresses the issue of … .
Chapter 3 is subdivided into two parts and provides an outline of relevant … Part 1 illustrates … .
Part 2 looks at … .
Chapter 4 concentrates on problems resulting from … Part 1 describes …. Part 2 recommends
changes to be made in legislation …
Conclusions are drawn in Chapter 5. The main aim of the graduation thesis has been reached. The
author suggests that …………………… should be changed/introduced/applied.
The aim of this graduation thesis entitled Development of Yamakawa Technologies to Ascertain the Existence of Cheese on the Moon is to test the use of Yamakawa technologies in ascertaining the existence of cheese on the moon. Yamakawa technologies have been successfully used to test the existence of water in Wakanda, but to date no further applications are known. For this reason the author decided to test further applications, with the aim of describing the technology’s suitability for further development. This thesis first examines the testing procedures for the water in Wakanda experiment, and presents the results. In a second stage several adaptations to Yamakawa for the testing of the existence of cheese on the moon are undertaken. Finally the technology is applied to the question of cheese on the moon, within a six-week testing phase. At the end of each week the testing apparatus is fine tuned, and experiment results are charted every twenty-four hours. The results of the experiment show that Yamakawa technologies are well suited to ascertaining the presence of water in Wakanda, but were unable to be sufficiently modified for the purpose of ascertaining the existence of cheese on the moon. The author recommends further modification to the technology before any other uses are considered.
After writing the said abstract in your research paper, then congratulations! You are now ready to move to the next step of your thesis journey, defending it. Just remember this, always know your thesis by heart. Believe me, if you do, you will not have a hard time and eventually, you will learn to enjoy it too. Good luck!