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Video:How to Write an Abstract in APA

with Hollie Hancock

An abstract is often an important part of things written in the APA format. This video from About.com will explain how to write an abstract in the APA format.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Write an Abstract in APA

Hi, I'm Hollie Hancock, here today with About.com to give you some tips on how to write an abstract using the APA format. Just for informational purposes, the APA formatting is the Publication Manual for the American Psychological Association and how to format work to be submitted for publication and use in journals or other materials.

What is an Abstract?

The abstract of an academic paper provides a clear and concise snapshot of what a particular research study has yielded, or a summary of literature regarding a particular topic. The abstract appears after the title page and the table of contents. The abstract should not exceed 250 words, and it should consist of an accurate and complete summary of the research or the paper that you're writing. The abstract should be neither critical nor evaluative; it is a factual description of the study or researched information.

What to Include in an APA Format Abstract

The text of the abstract should include a statement of the problem and the nature and purpose of the research, or the paper that you're writing, the research methodology employed and a summary of the procedures, the results and conclusions of the study and recommendations for further study. The abstract should not include a discussion of or reference to the literature review or detailed elaboration on the purpose, the methodology, procedures, or implications of the study.

How to Format an Abstract

Formatting the page for the abstract is pretty straightforward. The word "Abstract" should be centered, one inch from the top of the page. The actual abstract, however, should be left justified. This is the only paragraph of the paper that is not indented. The abstract should be concise, accurate, and reflect the content of the document. The abstract should be only one paragraph in length. No paraphrasing or direct quotations should be included. Please be advised, that not all professors and instructors require an abstract for homework assignments. It is always a good idea to check with your professor about some of the optional formatting features associated with APA formatting.

For more information, please visit About.com for your questions regarding APA formatting. Also, always to be on the safe side, please check out the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for all your formatting questions. Thanks for watching.

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