You might not know it, but the APA abstract might be the most important paragraph of your research paper. This is where your hypothesis, method, and results come to life. An effective abstract helps a reader decide if they are going to read the entire paper. It begins with an overview of the key aspects included with an abstract and ends with a set of real APA abstract examples that you can look at. The information in this guide comes straight from the source: The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7 th edition. Most of the relevant information comes from Section 2.
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Often, abstracts are included in professional papers to provide a short summary of a larger work. Abstracts allow the reader to quickly decide if they want to read the larger work. For some student papers, you may be asked by your instructor to include an abstract. The page will cover how to format an abstract, the qualities of a good abstract, and an example abstract. Again, please check with your instructor to know if you need to include an abstract with your paper or research project.
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APA format, which stands for the American Psychological Association format, is a writing format that was developed for researchers and students in psychology as well as other fields in the social sciences. Therefore, if you are writing a paper in APA format, you may need to include an abstract in APA format as part of your paper. Although the abstract page is optional, it is useful for readers to get a sneak peek into your paper and what it is about.
Per section 2. Most scholarly journals require an abstract, but abstracts are usually not required for student papers. If you are not sure, please ask your instructor if an abstract is required for your paper. If one is required, the abstract is placed on its own page after the title page, so it will be on page 2. The sample professional paper includes an abstract.