4. Inventing Titles: Steps to Crafting Suitable Academic Paper Titles
The reader doesn’t have to peer endlessly through clutter beyond the title if it contains all the intangibles required to get a fair sense of an accomplished academic paper’s undertaking. The title has to stamp its authority so firmly as to yield a significant clue about the paper’s theme. Not least for the way a good title imparts real direction to it, the title is such a critical aspect of the academic paper that to treat it cavalierly is to impoverish the paper beyond measure. When one realizes that the title both permits a paper’s development and enables the reader to gain immediate comprehension of the subject, the task which the paper has assigned itself, it’s easy to understand why an academic paper with title ideas that aren’t carefully thought through can become severely handicapped. There is no question that a clumsy title can get in the way of an academic paper’s full development; it can be truly distracting both to the text’s construction and to its interpretation. Sadly, as we have seen, suitable titles don’t come cheap: they don’t arise spontaneously and naturally; the writer must angle for them through sweat and pain. One has to work hard to produce and hone an academic paper title to a satisfying shape because these objects don’t come ready-made, available to be picked up by the roadside casually and freely. The idea of an academic paper’s title should therefore be one that is taken along in the author’s thoughts from...
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