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APA Style Guide: Paper Format 2

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APA Style: Title Page and more

In this tutorial created by Samuel Forlenza cover the topics of APA areas such as the Title Page, Running Head, and Section Headings


  1. Your abstract is going to begin with the Running Title on the top of the page. 
  2. In the first line of the page, center the word "Abstract" (without the quotation marks)
  3. The summary is not indented but it is double spaced and less than 250 words.
  4. Write your summary which will have key points of your research.
  • The abstract summary is your way of introducing your readers to your research topic.
  • It will also tell them the questions that you are answering,
  • The process of your research,
  • Your findings
  • The conclusion that you drew from the research. 

Refer to the image below to see an example of the abstract page of an APA paper. 

You may also want to list keywords from your paper in your abstract. If you look at the image below for an example, you can see that you have to indent  as if you were starting a new paragraph; you then type Keywords: (italicized); and then list your keywords. Listing your keywords will help researchers find your work in databases.


On a new page, write your references.

  1. Begin with a running title
  2. Center and bold the title “References” (do not include quotation marks, underline, or italicize this title)
  3. Alphabetize and Double-space all entries
  4. Every article/source mentioned in the paper and used in your study should be referenced and have an entry.