APA Abstract

APA Abstract

 Example of an APA Abstract paper with 1 inch margin top and bottom, 1 inch margin left and right. Title bold & centered, Double-spaced, and page number on the top-right.

Abstract Content

  • APA defines an abstract as a “brief but comprehensive summary” of the paper. (See above for an example Abstract for a history paper.)
  • The abstract should be no more than 250 words unless otherwise requested by the instructor.
  • APA lists several potential items to address in the abstract:
    • Research question(s) or problem
    • Hypothesis
    • Methodology
    • Conclusions
    • Implications

Abstract Format

The text of the abstract is one line below the heading, flush with the left margin, and written as a single paragraph.

Note: Individual instructor’s specifications may vary, so check with your instructor before formatting and submitting your work.

*Abstract information is in Section 2.9 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.).

Page last updated July 17, 2023.