In the CONCLUSION to your report, you do a number of important things:
- Summarize the main points you made in your introduction and review of the literature
- Review (very briefly) the research methods and/or design you employed.
- Repeat (in abbreviated form) your findings.
- Discuss the broader implications of those findings.
- Mention the limitations of your research (due to its scope or its weaknesses)
- Offer suggestions for future research related to yours.
|Some research reports end (or begin) with an abstract. An abstract is a highly abbreviated (usually 100-200 words) synopsis of your research. It should describe your rationale and objectives, as well as your methods and findings.|
Because of its limited length, an abstract cannot go into detail on any of these topics. Nor can it report on the limitations of your research or offer suggestions for future research. For those, readers will have to read the entire report. But, after reading your abstract, people unfamiliar with your research should know what it is about and whether they want to read the entire report.