Abstract vs. Introduction: What’s the Difference?

Photo by Riccardo Annandale   Abstract vs. Introduction: What’s the Difference? The main difference between and abstract and an introduction is that the abstract is a brief summary of your entire study—the aim or objective, methods, results, and conclusions—usually in that order. It gives the highlights of your work, with only the briefest background information. In…

What’s the Difference Between a Thesis and a Dissertation?

Photo by Patrick Tomasso What’s the Difference Between a Thesis and a Dissertation? In academia, people often seem to use the terms “thesis” and “dissertation” almost interchangeably, but at the administrative level, they have distinct meanings. The meanings also vary between the United States and other countries, such as in Europe. What is a dissertation? The…