Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Jul 18, 2017     Views: 109

For APA, the abstract should be a succinct, single paragraph summary between 150 to 250 words long. 

According to OWL Purdue, “the abstract is a brief summary of the paper, allowing readers to quickly review the main points and purpose of the paper.” The abstract is placed immediately after the title page.  The abstract is considered another section of the document.

OWL at Purdue has an example of an abstract in APA style here.

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For further help please contact the Wolak Learning Center at 603.645.9606 (UC/On Campus Students) and Online Writing Center at 866.721.1662 (Online/COCE Students) for assistance with writing an abstract in APA Style.

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American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Purdue OWL. (n.d). General Format. Retreived from

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