To writers unfamiliar with APA format writing your first Abstract can be a bit daunting, but rest assured, it is not all that difficult once you get the hang of it. I suppose the first question would be, “What is an Abstract?” and to be concise, it is a basic summary of your entire paper. Sounds simple enough right? An abstract in more exact terms is a summary of your topic, research, conclusion, main points, and sometimes further/continued research opportunities.
It is very short, 150-250 words, and follows a specific format that differs from the rest of your paper in some ways. When setting up a page for an abstract, the page header (running head) for your paper goes in the top left hand corner in all caps, like it would for the rest of the subsequent pages. The first written line of the abstract should say “Abstract” (without the quotations of course). It should not be bolded, underlined, italicized, or anything else. It should simply say “Abstract” and be centered. On the very next line begins your abstract. This paragraph is not indented or centered. The beginning line should be flush with the left side of the page. Finally, the abstract page, like the rest of the paper should be double spaced. The abstract goes after the cover page and before the paper itself when you are compiling the components to your paper. As far as APA formatting goes, that is about it.
Sometimes it can be rather difficult for students to come up with a well written and concise abstract. I have assembled 5 tips for you to try so that you can create a strong, well-written abstract.
If you follow the format and 5 tips I listed above, you should have no problem writing a fantastic abstract!
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