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An Abstract is a short summary of an article, often written by the author. In the abstract the author will typically summarize their research question, methodology, and conclusions.
Subject Terms are a form of controlled vocabulary used in the databases. A single subject term is applied to every article on a particular subject--no matter how the author refers to it--so that all the articles classified with that subject term can be found easily.
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