HOW TO WRITE AN ABSTRACT
The abstract for the business course should be structured in the format listed
below using business related articles from business periodicals (see the sample
list below). Do not use Time Magazine, Newsweek, US News and World Report or the
Messenger-Inquirer Newspaper for business related articles. The abstract is a
formalized personal critical thinking written response of what the student has
read. For B&E 100, BA 120, BA 160, BA 200, BA 282, and BA 291, the article
should be selected from course related topic areas.
The abstract for the business related courses should use business discipline
related articles from the business periodicals listed in OCTC Learning Resource
Center (The Library) or other collegiate libraries. On-the-job articles may be
used if they are taken from an industry trade journal PREAPPROVED BY THE COURSE
INSTRUCTOR for the abstract assignment. Job articles not preapproved by the
instructor may be rejected as an assignment at the instructor’s option.
The Abstract Assignment has three component parts: (1) Reference, (2) Summary,
and (3) Critique. In addition to the reference listed under the Abstract Format.
The Summary section should contend an introduction of the article under analysis
with an explanation of why the subject is of current interest. Also the summary
of the periodical should list the article’s main points with the author’s
purpose for writing.
The critique section of the abstract should carry an evaluation of the author’s
article. Comments on whether the author’s information was accurate, defined
terms clearly, and presented the article logically. Do you, the student, agree
or disagree with the author’s views. Remind the reader of the strengths and
weaknesses of the article.
The magazine article must be a minimum of 8˝”x11” of text (one page minimum) and
come from one of the following listed below between the
ABA Banking Journal Accounting Review Administrative Management
American Economic Review Business Week
Forbes Fortune Harvard Business Review
Human Resource Management Industry Week Journal of Small Business
Kiplinger Personal Finance Marketing News Money
Wall Street Journal Preapproved Magazine(s)
The abstract writing project must be typed on 8 ˝ “ x 11” size paper with double
spacing, with APA style format moderated with one inch margins at the top,
bottom and both sides. The abstract must be one page in length (minimum) with a
two pages in length ( maximum).
Please note, The abstract which is due on syllabus date requires an article
from a business periodical listed in your “How to write an Abstract” dated Dec.
1, 2004 thru April 1, 2005. The Magazine article must be a minimum of l page
(81/2 x 11) in length and can be taken from the internet or library.
Article Summary - States article’s main points and information on the author.
Article Critique - States article’s strengths and weaknesses and your article
One Library Abstract and One Internet Abstract
Sample Draft of an Abstract
Clark, K. (1996) The Job-Inflation Connection. Fortune. Vol. 134, Iss. No. 4,
Clark, K. (1996) The Job-Inflation Connection. Fortune. (Internet down load
This article on economic indicators presents one of the building blocks of the
economic universe - the non-accelerating inflation rate of unemployment (NAIRU).
The economists viewed the unemployment rate at a natural level or best guess of
percent. The article indicated that when the unemployment rate dropped below six
percent, inflation would increase driving the sale of bonds and the labor market
toward equilibrium through (1) higher interest rates and (2) tighten federal
Although NAIRU appears to be at equilibrium at a 6 per cent unemployment rate,
a moving target which rises and falls with economy. Harvard University Faculty
members Staiger and Stock have estimated that NAIRU operates in a wide band and
now somewhere between 4.1% and 6.7% with a best guess NAIRU target of 5.6%.
The author, Harvard University faculty member, presented the information in a
straight forward manner. The strengths of the article are the
twenty year chart and economic explanations within the economic environmental
commentary. The weakness of the piece was the detail explanation of the
macroeconomic nature of the article. I think business/economic students will pay
attention to NAIRU curve in the future. The students will also develop an
understanding of the impact of inflation and interest on the economy