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  • Abstracts

    Some instructors require students to do an abstract for their paper.  An abstract is a brief, though comprehensive summary of your paper.  Typically, abstracts are limited to 250 words, and they always go before the actual paper.  

    Example:  

    Other Formatting Best Practices

    1. Arranges your pages in the following order:  

    • Title page
    • abstract (if required)
    • Main text of the paper
    • References (APA citation page)

    2. Make sure to choose a standard typeface, such as Times New Roman, and a standard font size, such as 11 or 12 point font.  

    3. Always evenly double space your paper.  

    4. Indent every first line of a new paragraph by pressing tab.  

    5. The title page information should always be centered.  

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