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creating an abstract for a capstone project

How can you write an abstract for a capstone project with two  main questions like: How does the Emotional Intelligence of Homeland Security workers impact the safety of the country?

How do we determine which impacts on Homeland Security come from Emotional Intelligence and which come from advances in technology?

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An abstract should be 250 words or less.  Its purpose is to allow other researchers to have quick overview of your paper or article, allowing for more efficient research.  As you have done research in one database or another, you may have already noticed you could save time by reading over an abstract and deciding whether or not you should read the entire article.  Your abstract is meant to do the same thing for others.

Abstracts should never be written in the future tense or "announcement" format, so "This paper will discuss..." is not an acceptable statement.  Rather, you want to make assertions, for example,

Homeland Security is the result of the events of 9/11, leading to the creation of a new agency, new legislation, and heightened national security consciousness. 

Be sure that all of the points to be made are contained within the abstract, and bear in mind that an abstract is one of the final steps in doing a paper of any sort because you will not know what you are encapsulating until you are done.

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An abstract is a short summary of your paper. It should focus on your thesis and the information that your report contains. Emotional Intelligence of Homeland Security workers impacts the country's safety because the workers have to be able to see and imagine the impossible. This week's issue of The Week magazine recounts CIA reports warning President Bush and the White House staff about 9/11. At the time, most people could not fathom a terrorist attack on American soil.

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