Dissertation: Abstract or Introduction chapter?

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For my dissertation so far I've done a Lit Review chapter, a Methodology one, a Findings one and a Conclusions, Discussions & Future Considerations chapter.

I've left the intro until last but now I am confused. Do I do an Introduction chapter to go before the four chapters mentioned above, or can I do an abstract instead (is it basically the same thing?). Or do I do an abstract first and then an Introduction chapter? I'm confused. Is it Abstract followed by Introduction chapter or is it either an Abstract or an Introduction? When I looked up what an Abstract was on Google, the way it described it ....it was virtually the same as what an Introduction chapter is (there didn't seem to be any difference). Help! Thanks
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Abstract then introduction (not either or)

Abstract is roughly 250-500 words depending on subject that summarises what you want to study, what you found and the conclusions drawn
Introduction is a lot longer (for dissertation I can't really estimate!) but consists of a literature review of the field

Check out an article I did for psychology lab reports, it should be of some guidance of structure: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/uni...for-psychology
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(Original post by Noodlzzz)
Abstract then introduction (not either or)

Abstract is roughly 250-500 words depending on subject that summarises what you want to study, what you found and the conclusions drawn
Introduction is a lot longer (for dissertation I can't really estimate!) but consists of a literature review of the field

Check out an article I did for psychology lab reports, it should be of some guidance of structure: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/uni...for-psychology
Hey there - thanks.

For my dissertation the Introduction chapter does not contain a literature review - the Literature Review is a separate chapter titled as such. Thanks for clarifying the difference between an Abstract and actual Introduction, and I'll take a look at your report (although I'm writing on a political topic).
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Hey there - thanks.

For my dissertation the Introduction chapter does not contain a literature review - the Literature Review is a separate chapter titled as such. Thanks for clarifying the difference between an Abstract and actual Introduction, and I'll take a look at your report (although I'm writing on a political topic).
The function of an introduction can vary by field of study. Sometimes it will act as a shorter version of the lit review, sometimes it will be more of a literal introduction to the contents and context of the dissertation it's in, and sometimes a mixture of both.
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