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**Select all of the text in this section to start writing your abstract.** The American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines provide rules for scholarly writing. This template provides a basic layout based upon the fifth edition of these guidelines. The APA guidelines define an abstract as a single paragraph, without indentation, that summarizes the key points of the manuscript. The purpose of the abstract is to provide the reader with a brief overview of the paper. The total length should not be less than 100 words nor exceed 120 words, with each sentence written concisely. Title of Paper
**Select all of the text in this section to start writing your essay.** Two typical elements of APA term papers are provided as examples in this template: source citations and quotations. Source Citations
Per APA guidelines, all sources must be cited on the Works Cited page, located at the end of the paper. Within the body of the paper, a pointer containing the author's last name, publication year, and page number within parentheses (Erickson, 2006, p. 34) indicates the cited text. The author's last name and publication year corresponds with the entry on the References page, allowing readers to look up the source of the citation.
Guidelines for quotations are based upon the length of the quote. Quotes with fewer than 40 words are quoted directly in the sentence. According to the APA, this type of quote "should be incorporated into the text and enclosed in double quotation marks." Quotations longer than 40 words follow different guidelines. Include these quotes in an indented block. Start long quotes on a new line. Indent the quote one inch from the left margin. Also, double-space the lines and omit quotation marks. The Long Quote style in this Microsoft Word template...
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