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Citation Style: APA: Title Page & Abstract

The Title Page

The Title Page

Your title page should follow all of the rules outlined in the Basic Formatting tab. In addition, it should be centered in the upper-half of the page. It must include the following information (and your instructor might prefer you to add more):

  • The full title of your paper in title case
  • Your name (First Last)
  • Your institution (Keuka College)

See the example below (click it to view larger version):

View the video tutorial below on how to set up the title page in Microsoft Word 2016:

The Abstract

The Abstract

An abstract is a brief summary of what your paper is all about. Your instructor may or may not require you to include an abstract, so ask them. If they do require an abstract, find out how long they would like it to be. Generally, an abstract is 150 to 250 words long. It is recommended that you write the abstract after you have written your paper. It's a good idea when you're first setting up your document, to include a placeholder page for the abstract on the 2nd page (after the title page).

Your abstract page should follow all of the rules outlined in the Basic Formatting tab. Left-align, but do not hit the tab key or indent in any way at the beginning of the abstract. 

See the example below (click it to view larger):

View the video tutorial below on how to set up the abstract page in Microsoft Word 2016:

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