Answered By: Robert Fitzpatrick
Last Updated: Nov 12, 2014     Views: 19

There is an appropriate format for citing an abstract (when you aren't including the entire article).

EasyBib will give you an option to cite the abstract only. 

Here's an example:

Bell, G. (1984). Measuring the cost of reproduction. [Abstract]. Evolution, 38(2), 300. doi: 10.2307/2408489

The only difference is to include [Abstract] after the title of the article.

See the Purdue OWL recommendation:

"If you only cite an abstract but the full text of the article is also available, cite the online abstract as any other online citations, adding "[Abstract]" after the article or source name. However, if the full text is not available, you may use an abstract that is available through an abstracts database as a secondary source."

See the example listed under "Abstract."