Answered By: APUS Librarians Last Updated: Feb 25, 2019 Views: 1880
First and foremost, make sure that you read your assignment's instructions carefully. Your instructor may have guidelines for how long your abstract should be, how it should be formatted or what information it should include.
Abstract writing varies a little from discipline to discipline -- an abstract for a scientific report will be different from an abstract for a history research paper, for example. SAGE Research Methods' Project Planner has a nice Writing Up section that will link you to abstract tips in different disciplines: look for How do I write my abstract?
Your style guide is another good place to look for abstract-writing tips. See, for example:
- APA Style Blog: Abstracts
- Chicago Manual of Style Online: Journal article abstracts
- MLA Style Center: How to Write an Abstract
Graduate students: The required page format for the abstract in your thesis document is displayed in Appendix 8 of the End of Program Assessment Manual for Graduate Studies. The APUS Library and the APUS Center for Graduate Studies have created a 3-part video tutorial: Writing the Abstract for Your Graduate Capstone Thesis at AMU/APU.
Need help finding an example abstract, or tips for writing in your discipline? Contact the librarians.
See also: Does the library offer writing help?