does the abstract count in the word count
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The word count is a communication about the level of detail required. It would be possible to write a short statement of 80 words, or a thesis of 80 000 words, on the same topic. The word count lets you know information such as how much detail to give, how many main points and sub points to choose, and how detailed the examples should be.
Please refer to your programme and module handbooks for guidance on word counts as requirements may differ slightly.
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If the word limit is defined as “within 200 words,” should the numbers in numbered references also be counted?
Often (but not always) markers will count everything in the body of your assignment (including quotes and in-text citations), but will not include the reference list in their calculations. However, this might not be the case for your course.
Do my in-text citations and reference lists get included in the Word Count for my assignment?
The following content is NOT included in a final word count:
Please note that any words over the word count will not be marked.
You need to count all the the text including words that are part of any graphical representations in your word count. The following items are excluded from the word count:
• in-text references/citations (this means Author(s) and Date not quote itself)
• footnotes/endnotes used for reference purposes and kept within reasonable limits
• list of references and/or bibliography
This information can be found in the Academic Regulations.
Assignments often specify a research paper or essay length in terms of words, rather than pages – a paper of 750-1000 words or a paper of 1500-1750 words. This way a student’s paper will still meet their instructor’s length expectations, regardless of varying font size, margin size, or use spacing elements.
For a page with 1 inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font, and minimal spacing elements, a good rule of thumb is 500 words for a single spaced page and 250 words for a double spaced page. Using this as an example, a 3-4 page double spaced paper is 750-1000 words, and a 7 page double spaced paper would be 1750 words.