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Helping Students to Write Successful Paper Titles

Ode Ogede

All who treasure great literature recognize the pivotal role played by a title. But, until now, at both the undergraduate and the graduate level, no book-length study has devoted detailed expert attention to the subject of academic paper titling. Helping Students to Write Successful Paper Titles is the first attempt at an extended exploration of this subject, breaking new ground by confirming the significance of a title as an apparatus for scholarly endeavor. Academic writing’s dependence on the title imparts pre-eminence to the part of the paper that bridges the gap between its contents and the reader, making the title more than just another component of the work and investing the paper with an identity. Through systematic examination of a variety of paper titles, the study offers a cohesive picture of the function of the title in academic writing and guides students in the art of effective title making.
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To begin with, I would like to affirm that teaching is a learning experience, and all the insights I have garnered over the years come from my students and colleagues. The support and encouragement of these persons mean a lot to me, especially the great conversation and generous sustenance of my wife Shianyisimi and our children, Ochuole, Ogede, and Michael—the best students and teachers I have. My thanks are extended as well to all the other formal students who showed the courage to agree to have their work subjected to the public display of scrutiny. I owe a large intellectual debt to every author whose interest in this subject has enabled mine. Finally, I am much beholden to Dr. Carlton E. Wilson, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, for his big-hearted support. ← vii | viii → ← viii | ix →

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