APA Style: Title Page & Abstract

The main thing you need to know about the title page is that you need to include a Running head at the top in the following format: Running head: TITLE IN ALL CAPS Also in the header on the title page, you need to insert a page number starting with the number one, although some professors may prefer you start to number the pages on the first body page of the paper. About a third of the page down on the title page, center your title, first and last name, and your university As you can see, the words "Running head" are no longer part of the header here.

There is only the title of your paper in all CAPS and the page number. Now I am going to talk to you guys about the abstract: This is your abstract page for your APA paper. Above this is your Title Page, which includes the title of your paper, your name, and the institution where you are conducting research. Pay close attention to the difference of the header in the first and second page, which can be obtained by double clicking on the header, looking at the tab for header design options, and checking the box next to "Different First Page."

This will change it to where what you type on the first page header does not show up on the consecutive pages, but what you type on the second page header does show up on consecutive pages. Your abstract will involve an abridged summary of your paper and bring out the main points you want to get across to your audience. It will also include your research used in the paper, research questions and other research related information. You can cover future implications of your research in your abstract, though the length is typically between 150-250 words.

Thus, you are only giving an overview of the topic and research included in your paper. Keywords from your paper are optional at the bottom of the abstract so someone can find which words are key in your paper to see if that goes along with what subjects they are trying to find. It is helpful to insert page breaks between these sections. Just a quick note: the abstract is not very common in the majority of APA papers for most classes. This is because abstracts are mainly used when conducting actual scientific research.

Thus, most papers you write in APA format will not have an abstract, but always check with your professor.