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Writing Your Paper

Choosing a Title 

Creating a title for your research paper or essay can be tough. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you create an interesting and informative title. 

A good title: 

  • Catches the reader's attention 
  • Lets the reader know what the paper is about 
  • Reflects the tone of the paper 

Remember: creating a good title takes time; start by creating a working title and revise it as you go! 

Working Titles 

Early in your research process, create a working title. This will help you refine and focus on the topic of your paper throughout the research and writing process. Having a working title to refer back to can also help you reorient yourself with the main purpose of your research during the process. 

Final Titles and Subtitles 

For research or academic papers, an ideal title should be both interesting and descriptiveInclude keywords and clearly indicate the subject or scope of your research. Avoid abbreviations and overly long titles (20+ words).

Many academic titles also include subtitles that typically come after the main title and a colon (:).  Subtitles are intended for additional clarification or content and are useful in qualifying your research further.

Title Examples:

A Deliberative Conception of Politics: How Francesco Saverio Merlino Related Anarchy and Democracy

A Comparison of the Progressive Era and the Depression Years: Societal Influences on Predictions of the Future of the Library, 1895-1940

The Geopolitics of the Eastern Border of the European Union: The Case of Romania-Moldova-Ukraine.

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