While this is a common part of academic papers, not each one of them will require an abstract. Depending on the complexity of a particular paper, an abstract may be required especially in instances where more complex summaries are deemed useful. Abstracts are typically only 150-300 words long, where it offers a broad overview, and never exceeding one page. This helps in describing the main topics behind a research paper. It includes the research question posed, its importance, methodology and main results or findings. Footnotes or works cited will never be summarized. Remember to be very careful when writing the summary. This is the first part of the paper that the instructor reads. It should have appropriate language use, good style, and overall aesthetic appeal. Do not write it hastily or carelessly.