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How to Write an APA Abstract

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How to write an APA abstract for a formal APA paper or research study.
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SteamShinobi (11 days ago)
Wonderful. Thank you :)
David Taylor (11 days ago)
You're welcome! You may want to check out this tutorial on how to write a graduate research project outline: https://youtu.be/2l5qK5vwLHc or annotated bibliography: https://youtu.be/iW4eXLAtOhk
edna matias (15 days ago)
It is hard
David Taylor (15 days ago)
Try this: http://polaris.umuc.edu/ewc/web/abstract.html
Tania Sani (18 days ago)
Nice explanation
David Taylor (18 days ago)
Thank you! You're welcome! You may also be interested in these videos on the APA research paper: https://youtu.be/46RhPd-Jac0 and https://youtu.be/K3Dy2wX79jk
Rory Reckless (24 days ago)
I almost missed the foot-notes on my assignment! Thanks no feet guy!
David Taylor (24 days ago)
Made the mistake of wearing black shoes for this one.
Dataman (1 month ago)
Very useful
Mr Banana (2 months ago)
This is delightfully corny
David Taylor (2 months ago)
Thanks for the good words!
SiggFri (4 months ago)
This man is stuck in the void. HELP HIM!
Tasha Natural (4 months ago)
I have a question. My professor wants me to create an abstract before I start my paper however I’ve always done my abstract last. I’m freaking out and he wants me to present it to my class. Please help
Tasha Natural (4 months ago)
David Taylor I think that your right in terms of approval because he wants us to go step by step so that by the end of the course we’ll have an A paper. Thank you so much for the quick response. Very informative video 😊
David Taylor (4 months ago)
You are correct--the abstract should only be written after the final paper is complete. But I think he wants you to use writing the abstract as a form of pre-writing or outlining. This is done occasionally. Writers often have to turn in a precis or summary of something to get approval before actually writing it. Just follow the guidelines above and know that you can change the abstract before you turn in the final draft.
Altayeb Awadalla (6 months ago)
you are always NO !!
Kevin Sanchez (6 months ago)
he said Mississippi and i stop listening
SCHRODINGER’S CAT (6 months ago)
thought that was Sean HAnnity at first, whew close call
SCHRODINGER’S CAT (6 months ago)
all you need is a little football to toss around
David Taylor (6 months ago)
Well, I did walk in from the right.
Essiel Yorgen (7 months ago)
I really admire your style of informative deliveries, I wish I knew you loooooong ago, thank you sir, this piece is so helpful to me.
David Taylor (7 months ago)
Thanks for the good words. You're welcome! You may also be interested in this video on using sources in an APA research paper: https://youtu.be/kzcBiY2BGQA
Shiloh from Alaska (7 months ago)
I just wanted to thank you for this video it was great! Also I want to say that I liked the touch of having the green screen effect instead of just a picture in picture that was pretty slick.
David Taylor (7 months ago)
Thanks, Shiloh! You may also be interested in this video on using sources in an APA research paper: https://youtu.be/kzcBiY2BGQA
alimuttaleb alfatlawi (7 months ago)
Many thanks to you for your explanation but I need more info how to make paper like survey or review.... etc.. My regards
Joseeph Navall (8 months ago)
Thank you sir
David Taylor (8 months ago)
You're welcome! You may also be interested in this video on using sources in a basic APA research paper: https://youtu.be/kzcBiY2BGQA
SHRUTI SHARMA (8 months ago)
i have to write the abstract in 1000 words
SHRUTI SHARMA (8 months ago)
plzz sir help me ,I will be verythankful
SHRUTI SHARMA (8 months ago)
and sir i want to write the abstract for the project in science and technology
David Taylor (8 months ago)
These guidelines apply to a project in science and technology
SHRUTI SHARMA (8 months ago)
sir it is for the first time i will write the abstract so finding it very difficult ,sir please help me
JOSEPH KYEI (8 months ago)
great ending...your presentation enjoyed
David Taylor (8 months ago)
Thanks! You may also be interested in this video on using sources in a research paper: https://youtu.be/kzcBiY2BGQA
Kaleemullah Rao (9 months ago)
Hello Respected Davis Taylor ! Can i send you a email of my research papers?
David Taylor (9 months ago)
I am honored that you asked. However, I do not review any student papers except those who are enrolled in my classes. Thank you!
My Lovely Dump (10 months ago)
David Taylor, where would we be without you? You make me want to be a better teacher! Keep it up!
Houssam Saied (10 months ago)
One of the best informative consized videos I have ever seen. You are a great teacher, Thank you.
David Taylor (10 months ago)
You're welcome! You may also be interested in this: http://polaris.umuc.edu/ewc/web/abstract.html
To Release is To Resolve (11 months ago)
Cheesy 90's presentation but content is good.
Jorlen Soriano Marin (11 months ago)
requiero este vídeo en español o subtitulado en español
Jacob Roark (1 year ago)
Thank you 🙏
David Taylor (1 year ago)
You're welcome. You may want to check out this online tutorial on how to write a lit review in 30 minutes or less: https://youtu.be/TdJxY4w9XKY There is also a text version http://www.peakwriting.com/litreview/Index.html
Shaker bidier (1 year ago)
Great explanation, thank you so much, Mr. Davied Taylor.
David Taylor (1 year ago)
You're welcome! You may want to check out this online tutorial on how to write a lit review in 30 minutes or less: https://youtu.be/TdJxY4w9XKY There is also a text version http://www.peakwriting.com/litreview/Index.html
Humphries Robbie (1 year ago)
He has no feet that's sad :-(
David Taylor (1 year ago)
A tragic accident . . .
big daddykane (1 year ago)
cheers david!
David Taylor (1 year ago)
Cheers!
vpcreations n (1 year ago)
You are the best instructor!! I will keep learning from you.
David Taylor (1 year ago)
Thank you for those kind and generous words. Please let me know however else I can help.
kinza alizai (1 year ago)
I am overwhelmed and flattered to receive your compliments. I am a non-native speakers if English sir, I am desperate to avail foreign scholarship for P.hD. Producing research is a compulsion. Besides, this is my love too. Scholars like you and other teachers are playing the key role. Students like me are indebted to you people because you are facilitating us without being payed. I will surely seek and heed your suggestion/help. Live long & God bless. Regards, Alizay.
David Taylor (1 year ago)
My pleasure. What fields of research do you study?
kinza alizai (1 year ago)
Wow, The link is embedded by crucial information. I have downloaded the video. The text is lucid and comprehensible. I am all clear and going to begin soon. I am highly grateful sir. This information will always assist and guide me. You have my good will. Sincere Regards, Alizay.
kinza alizai (1 year ago)
Dear Sir, I have sent you the file on facebook. Regards,
David Taylor (1 year ago)
kinza alizai (1 year ago)
Dear Sir, Hope you will be doing good. Sir I have developed an abstract. Actually it was an article and I sent the abstract to a conference. They have accepted my abstract and asked me give presentation on the subject. Simultaneously, they have recommended me a few changes. I am working on my abstract for last three days. It was lacking logical connection and hierarchy of ideas. May I ask you to please put a glance on it? Its just a page sir. Can I have your Email ID please? I will be highly thankful to receive your scholastic advice. Hearties Regards, Alizae.
David Taylor (1 year ago)
Happy to help! I look forward to it!
David Taylor (1 year ago)
Outstanding. Congrats on your Masters! Do you study at an English-speaking university? (Sorry, I should have asked that the first tiime).
kinza alizai (1 year ago)
Let me add something to your video sir. Your presentation was energatic and innovative. I found new exciting words such as jest and extract. I absorbed the information and will utilize it. May God reward and bless you. Amin.
David Taylor (1 year ago)
You are welcome, Alizay. Your English is excellent. I know you will do well.
kinza alizai (1 year ago)
So generous of you dear Sir.
David Taylor (1 year ago)
Thank you, Alizay, especially for the blessing. May the light of God fill your heart with love and peace.
kinza alizai (1 year ago)
So kind of you dear Sir. Sir I am reading various articles from social sciences and English literature, they all have different pattern. Can I begin by giving a brief and precise introduction of the main/key idea of my article? Regards, Alizay.
David Taylor (1 year ago)
Yes, you can, Alizay. The formula for the abstract is the same no matter what you are reading and summarizing. Here is a lesson I've written on the abstract: http://polaris.umuc.edu/ewc/web/abstract.html
kinza alizai (1 year ago)
Hello There Sir, I went through your video and found it highly beneficial. I have a query to ask that what should I talk about in the initial paragraph of the abstract. I can to begin with the problem statement. So, what should be there in the initial lines? Should there be topic introduction or the objective of the research? Kindly instruct me regarding the subject being asked. Heartiest Regards, Alizay.
David Taylor (1 year ago)
Hello, Kinza, thank you for your excellent question. Here is an outline of the abstract: 1. The abstract begins with a sentence summarizing of the overall topic of the article or paper. 2. This is followed by the problem statement or thesis that the article/paper focuses on. 3. Next, comes the main points or arguments of the article/paper. 4. Last are the results, or the conclusions arrived at. Good luck. Let me know whatever else you need.
Armani Fuentes (1 year ago)
Great job! Very useful tips!
David Taylor (1 year ago)
Thanks for the feedback, Armani!
Ageed mahmood (1 year ago)
your lectures really helped me out to write my research successfully and i have got %80 on research. thanks for God first and thank you a lot for your golden mind. God bless you.
David Taylor (1 year ago)
Thank you! You may want to check out this online tutorial on how to write a lit review in 30 minutes or less: https://youtu.be/TdJxY4w9XKY There is also a text version http://www.peakwriting.com/litreview/Index.html
Zara Matthan (1 year ago)
He is simply AMAZING!!!
David Taylor (1 year ago)
Thank you, Zara! Appreciate the good words.
Dolly Salem (1 year ago)
Smart and concise as usual <3 Thank you Mr. David :)
David Taylor (1 year ago)
You are welcome, Dolly! Here is one on the executive summary.
Carey Kirk (1 year ago)
Thank you!
David Taylor (1 year ago)
You're welcome. Check out this online tutorial on how to write a lit review in 5 easy steps: http://www.peakwriting.com/litreview/Index.html
lily louiza (1 year ago)
Thank you so much
David Taylor (1 year ago)
You're welcome, Lily. Here is a written version of it: http://polaris.umuc.edu/ewc/web/abstract.html
amina khalfi (1 year ago)
thank you! Amazing
David Taylor (1 year ago)
You're welcome. Check out this online tutorial on how to write a lit review in 5 easy steps: http://www.peakwriting.com/litreview/Index.html
Najah Adreak (1 year ago)
thanks a lot , that is really helpful
David Taylor (1 year ago)
You're welcome. Check out this online tutorial on how to write a lit review in 5 easy steps: http://www.peakwriting.com/litreview/Index.html
Ramiro Garcia (1 year ago)
good info! the sad thing is its limited for my assignment are pages 5-6 pages long. that is the hard part.
David Taylor (1 year ago)
Yur abstract should be only 250 words long.
Byzantanium (1 year ago)
This will be a dank meme some day, i can just smell it.
David Taylor (1 year ago)
Me too.
Naruto 0246813579 (2 years ago)
"Thanks God I found someone to explain for me what an abstract is, because I don't understand what my teacher is saying" and did I forget to say she is always busy so I couldn't go for her for extra help ? Anyways thanks David Taylor :D
Naruto 0246813579 (2 years ago)
Well do Sir. And by the way, do you offer help in other subjects? not that I have any questions now but maybe later, of course I will ask my teachers for help before coming for help from you if I have any unanswered questions.
David Taylor (2 years ago)
Glad it worked for you! Good luck and let me know however I can help.
Monkey Dev (2 years ago)
thanks a lot, now i can finish my assignment XD
David Taylor (2 years ago)
You're welcome. Good luck with it!
Ahmed Shamel (2 years ago)
Thanks a lot
David Taylor (2 years ago)
You're welcome. Let me know anything else you need.
Noha Nagy (2 years ago)
Thank you. Do you have any page or blog which I can follow you?
David Taylor (2 years ago)
Noha--I am sorry, but I do not. You can subscribe to this channel, and always feel free to contact me here or by email: [email protected]
BROOKS (2 years ago)
thanks
David Taylor (2 years ago)
You're welcome!
Michael Delaney (2 years ago)
;) thanks for this! love you
David Taylor (2 years ago)
UR welcome, Michael. Thanks for the good words.
Diana Jackson (2 years ago)
:)
David Taylor (2 years ago)
;)
abobaker satty (2 years ago)
thank you alot , very useful :)
David Taylor (2 years ago)
Great to hear. Thanks for your comment.
Great!
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michael kagola (2 years ago)
it was helpful
David Taylor (2 years ago)
+michael kagola Thanks for commenting, Michael. Good luck!
Atmaram Muwel (2 years ago)
thanks for giving me a right information about this......very impressive!!!
David Taylor (2 years ago)
+ATMARAM MUWEL You're welcome. Thanks for watching.
Rozanne Vee (2 years ago)
Great ending advice sir.
David Taylor (2 years ago)
+Rozanne Vee Good luck, Rozanne. More info at http://polaris.umuc.edu/ewc/web/abstract.html
Jay Cec (2 years ago)
wow good lesson, awesome tutor, its help me achieve my goal of writing a good abstract
David Taylor (2 years ago)
+NY UON Great to hear! Thanks.
Madia Patra Ismar (2 years ago)
thank you, salam from Indonesia :)
David Taylor (2 years ago)
+Madia Patra Ismar Sama sama, Madia.
Tzippy R (2 years ago)
thanks so much!
David Taylor (2 years ago)
+Tzippy R You're welcome!
Sora Shiun'in (3 years ago)
You just helped me get an A on my paper so thank you. I was a little stuck on writing one of these.
David Taylor (3 years ago)
+Sora Shiun'in Great to hear. Remember, you made the A because of your intelligence and skill.
Coguy Lowe (3 years ago)
Watchin this with Monster Hunter Music playing, makes it seem so much more important...
David Taylor (3 years ago)
+Coguy Lowe Skyrim works for me.
Coguy Lowe (3 years ago)
Holy OLD
Liz Ranahan (3 years ago)
Instructor Taylor, your videos are worth their weight in gold! Thank you for caring enough to share your time and knowledge. Have an amazing day!
Luuk van Pelt (5 months ago)
The weight of the data which contain his videos is negligible, making his videos worth exactly nothing in gold. Nice comment!
Bader AGHOULID (3 years ago)
Thank you sir. It is so helpful !
David Taylor (3 years ago)
+bader aghoulid Glad it helped! Thanks for commenting.
I'm pulling an all-nighter, trying to finish my lab report by tomorrow (the deadline) and I'm freaking out. Well, not anymore, thanks to you x
phani kishan (3 years ago)
+Jhully Amilly Marangoni In the same situation.
David Taylor (3 years ago)
Sweet dreams!
Juniorall (3 years ago)
He has no feet
Caitlin Sweet (10 months ago)
Hahaha that's the first thing I noticed xD
David Taylor (3 years ago)
He's not human. He's a mutant teacher avatar.
Traveller (3 years ago)
Hi David, I am interested to find out the combination of applications you used to produce your video. I am intrigued that you had the PPT as a background or placed at your side, the full size of yourself. Appreciate the assistance. Thank you.
Traveller (3 years ago)
Cheers. Will find out. Tx
David Taylor (3 years ago)
Thanks for your interest. I recorded PPT first. Then I filmed myself against a green screen. Then composited the two tracks with a video editor that removes the green screen (chroma keying), and rendered out. Lots of videos here on YT about green screens and chroma keying. Good luck!
bonbagayi (4 years ago)
Dr. Taylor, are all abstract written the same way? what are the major questions I should answer when I am writing my abstract? is it possible to write the abstract way before I write my paper? If I am not mistaken, you said the abstract should be one block paragraph with no indentation, am I correct? Thank you so much for taking the time to help us. This is going to be my first abstract on a term paper.. now last question, Are abstracts and background the sane thing? Thank you very much.
David Taylor (4 years ago)
Hi, thanks for your questions. To answer your first question, abstracts are as varied as the kinds of papers they are written for. What major questions: If you're abstracting a research study, the questions are in video above. If it is a college research paper, the areas for coverage would be: issue you investigated, the results, the significance of the results.. Yes, abstract is one block paragraph, up to 250 words. Abstracts and background definitely are not the same thing.  Good luck!
nincoika thomas (4 years ago)
Thank you!
Fibre Analysis (4 years ago)
i really respect you for making this video... this has helped me so greatly
David Taylor (4 years ago)
Thanks for the good words and your support! 
yt song (4 years ago)
Dr./Mr. Taylor, thank you so much for a detailed explanation! Our college requires us to write 8-10 pages long research paper in sciences, and your explanation helped tremendously. I usually do not comment on videos, but I just had to  on your priceless video. 
David Taylor (4 years ago)
yt--glad it worked for you. Thanks for taking the time to comment and support. Much appreciated.
Betty Mauer (4 years ago)
Thanks, you have been vary helpful.
David Taylor (4 years ago)
YVW!
Victor Vynston (4 years ago)
Thanks, David your explanations gives a good guidelines...
Victor Vynston (4 years ago)
+David Taylor oh sure... I will write back to you if there is any... I appreciate that.
David Taylor (4 years ago)
Good luck with your work, Victor. Let me know however I can help.
BcuzImmaBassist (5 years ago)
Thank you, this was very helpful!
David Taylor (5 years ago)
Thanks for your support, Phoenix!
Phoenix Wings (5 years ago)
this helps alot,am so happy you made this video.
Iman Khodaei (5 years ago)
Very helpful. Thank you!
David Taylor (5 years ago)
YVW!
Aqeel Majeed (5 years ago)
THANK YOU VERY MUCH...
David Taylor (5 years ago)
Normally there are no references used in an abstract because it is a summary of your own paper. The word "abstract" means "summary." If your teacher told you to make reference to sources that you used in the body of your paper, you should do so. Confirm with the teacher that you are to use APA style.
kidlou (5 years ago)
can there be 3-5 references in an abstract? my professor is confusing. i did a 3 part informal project no APA was necessary.
David Taylor (5 years ago)
You are welcome, Lance. Good luck!
Lance Gilliland (5 years ago)
Fantastic, thank you so very much. Especially the comment on the proof reader.
David Taylor (5 years ago)
You are welcome. Thanks for taking the time to leave such a generous comment.
al villa (5 years ago)
Finally, I have a clear and concise explanation. I thank you for taking the time for sharing your instruction and intelligence.
David Taylor (5 years ago)
Thanks for the great comment. Good luck.
Pravat kumar Nayak (5 years ago)
a simple and very effective way describing about writing an abstract. really helpful one.
LAND REFORM (5 years ago)
This is informative and will go a long way in firming up my writing. I am looking for more of the stuff. Thank you
David Taylor (5 years ago)
Great to hear, RD.
Red Deer (5 years ago)
Thank you, that was very helpful and was exactly what I needed to help write my assignment. :)
Valeria Gonzalez (5 years ago)
I have been looking for a simplistic reference of an abstract! This will be my first APA format . I am nervous but I know I can do it!
Kentrell Fair (5 years ago)
Great Stuff Verryy Insightful Man!!
Kentrell Fair (5 years ago)
LOLL
David Taylor (5 years ago)
YVW. Thanks for taking the time to comment.
jazzykeyzz (5 years ago)
Very informative and nicely done! Thank you for the information!
David Taylor (5 years ago)
Great to hear, Nancy. Good luck!
Nancy Sandoval (5 years ago)
Thank you very much, it was really helpful... ;)
David Taylor (5 years ago)
Arinn--I will respect your wishes and not ask, but I do thank you for watching and taking the time to comment.

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