A well-written abstract in APA format could be the most important paragraph in your academic paper.
The official APA style guide states "It provides an overview of the paper and helps readers decide whether to read the full text."
An abstract correctly formatted in APA style may be the difference between:
Copy the following Word screen shot settings to write your abstract in APA format.
Reminder: APA seventh edition allows various font types and sizes (opens in new window).
However, you must use the same font type and size for everything, such as the title page, abstract, headings and subheadings, and paragraphs.
Written instructions for Figure 1 (if required) are as follows:
Written instructions for Figure 2 (if required) are as follows:
Note: The first line is NOT indented. Paragraphs in the main text are, but not the abstract paragraph.
Written instructions for Figure 3 (if required) are as follows:
Figure 4 is an example of an abstract in a student paper.
Figure 5 is an example of an abstract in a professional paper. The professional paper has the title (shortened if necessary) in the running head.
A Word style is a definition of the format of some text, for example, the font type, the font size, line spacing, bold, italic, and so on.
Word styles are very powerful. You define the style once, and then apply it again and again. You do not have choose font type and size, bold or not, italic or not, and so on.
But is it worthwhile for the abstract?
The answer is - how many abstracts do you do.
If you expect to write very few abstracts, then format them as described above in Figures 1 to 3.
If you expect to write several abstracts in your academic writing career, consider setting up a style for an abstract in APA format.
Although the abstract is less than one page long, it is perhaps the most important page in the whole document.
The reader, based on what is in the abstract, could decide whether to keep reading your document or pass it by.
The abstract in APA format could play a big part in your success!
American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000