Helpful Websites

For Papers, Proposals, Curriculum Vitae, and Style Guides


Curriculum vitae



 **See also:  Abstract Writing  at the end of this page


Statement of the problem


Literature review, methodology; tips for dissertation & thesis writing



Guides for Proposal Writing and Writing Skills


Specialized Proposal Development Guides (with writing examples)



Style Guides for Anthropology


Style guide for American Anthropologist


Style Guide Society for American Anthropology


Style Guide for American Journal of Physical Anthropology


**Abstract Writing




Title of Paper or Project




In an abstract you summarize in one or two paragraphs what your paper or project is about.  Always begin with a summary sentence.  Then use the basic guidelines of journalism and write a few concise, dramatic sentences telling the reader what, who, where, when, how, and why.  What event or topic are you addressing?  Who are the people or cultures involved?  Where is this group of people or culture located? Where did you encounter or research this?  When did you have your encounter or what time period are you covering?  How did you collect data, and how did you analyze or make sense of it?  Why is this important to you, to anthropology, or to anyone else?  An abstract may be written before you begin a project to help you focus.  It may be written while you are working on a project to keep you focused.  Many people write or rewrite the abstract when the project or paper is finished to give readers clear guidance about where the article is going before they begin to read.  By systematically answering these questions of what, who, where, when, how and why you should be able to come to a meaningful conclusion, in which you will again clearly summarize what you have found.