How to Write the Title for a Research Paper



A title is very important for your research paper because it is the first thing the person reading the paper will see. A good title catches the reader's attention immediately and makes them want to know more. Remember to take into account your topic, the message you are attempting to convey through your title and the intended audience for your paper. Effective titles generally do not include jargon or acronyms that would not be immediately familiar to your audience.
  • Brainstorm to come up with memorable titles. Begin brainstorming when you start researching or writing the paper to give you more time to decide and, if necessary, continue until the paper has been completed. Reflect on the main points of the paper and the research.
  • Make a list of all possible titles you have come up with. It is a good idea to have many different options from which to choose. Also, try different approaches and formats -- humorous options, subtitles and "short and sweet" options. An effective title should contain between 15 and 20 words. Depending on the intended audience, more technical wording may also be appropriate.
  • Narrow down your list of possible titles to between five and 10 of your top choices. This narrowed list should be based on the titles you find to be the catchiest/most memorable, the ones you think convey the research the best and which ones you simply like the best.

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