2. The Nuts and Bolts of the Academic Paper Title: Qualities of Suitable Titles Contrasted with Unsuitable or Poor Ones
A student author can save him or herself as well as the reader a great deal of trouble by taking a few writing cues from experienced writers who set the bar high and still surpass it. One of these writing keys is that accomplished authors are seldom slow to perceive the option that they have of a very wide and varied rhetorical repertoire. They can draw liberally from tricks of the trade that range from normatively argumentative or persuasive to normatively descriptive forms, establishing sharp distinctions both between good and poor titles and between creative writing titles and those employed by academic papers. Another way of putting the point is that seasoned writers can go deep into the repertoire and shrewdly select from a plurality of strategies to meet the demands of their particular objectives. It is significant in this light that skilled writers make no fuss about the institutionally defined norm that incisive academic writing is impossible without a suitable title—the unit supplied to impose an obligation about the direction a paper should take in its development and that also provides the reader a critical navigational guide. They know full well that the wheels can come off very quickly without an adequate title to anchor the writing of an academic paper, and so one irreducible imperative that they are always conscious of is that the academic paper depends on an alignment of the ideas suggested in the title ← 23 | 24 → and the presentation in the actual body of...
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