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.
Need more examples of abstracts?
Check out the APA 7th Ed. Manual! It has multiple sample papers, including abstract examples!
Examples start on p. 50 of the manual (available in the reference section, second floor of the library).
Information on the various types of abstracts for different paper styles begins on p. 74.
Follow these rules for correct formatting of your abstract:
A good abstract is: