3 Abstracts

An abstract briefly summarizes a thesis and the contents of a paper. Bank Street has its own style of writing an abstract which is slightly different from APA’s. Abstracts should be short, to the point, and not exceed one page in length (approximately 150 to 250 words). If you are completing work at Bank Street you should format an abstract in the following manner.

  • Start on a new page
  • No running head
  • It should always be page number 2 (top right position)
  • The word abstract should be written centered at the top of the page, start with a capital letter (no bold, no underlining)
  • Underneath the word abstract, write your name
  • Under your name, write the title of your study
  • The abstract itself should be a single paragraph without paragraph indentation.
  • It should be double-spaced.

(American Psychological Association, 2010, pp. 25-27; Bank Street College of Education, 2013, p. 11)