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Dental Hygiene

Provides resources, strategies, and information on conducting research in Dental Hygiene.

What Is an Abstract?

An abstract is a short statement that describes a larger work (article, book, report).  If the article describes an experiment, the abstract will be divided into these sections (called a "structured abstract"):
  1. Scope
  2. Purpose
  3. Methodology
  4. Results
  5. Conclusion

It is not a review or an evaluation.

It contains key words found in the larger work, but is not an excerpt form that work.

Finding the Abstract

Simply click on the title of the article to read the abstract.

Search Tip - Finding More Search Terms

If you're having trouble thinking of search terms or aren't getting the results you expect, & you do find one article that is exactly what you want, look at how that article is indexed.  On the Abstract page, click on the Publications Types, MeSH Terms, Substances link below the abstract.  You'll find MeSH terms that you can add to your search to improve your results.