Shakespeare is renowned for many things, including coining the phrase “What’s in a name?” in his classic book, Romeo and Juliet. You probably already know what point Juliet was making in that phrase, don’t you? If you do not, please get that book and read it. It is such a delightful read. You might also want to analyze it for a better understanding and also to really appreciate it for all it is. If your teacher is not available, you can find multiple sources to guide you using different approaches on the internet. The variety and interactive nature of the learning forums is one of the benefits of studying online.
Regardless of where you study, academic papers’ essays are an inevitable reality of the system. You will need to master the art of writing essays, research papers, among other types of papers in their entirety. Needless to say, this is a skill that you hone over time, but that does not mean that if you are not already writing such papers, you have to start at the very bottom in class. This article is an opportunity for you to gain an invaluable skill pertaining to essay writing. If you are already writing essays, this is an opportunity to improve your skills.
The focus of this paper refers back to the opening line, “what’s in a name?” with a slight twist since it is about the title of an essay, not a name. So, what is in a title? The simple answer is a lot. Nearly everything. The title is to an essay what dressing is to a newscaster. It sets the pace for how people perceive the essay from the onset and it is therefore capable of making or breaking your essay. Clearly, there are many students who experience challenges in coming up with proper titles as proven by complaints registered by tutors. In this regard, below are guidelines on how to come up with a proper title.
A good title is always short, ideally ranging between eight and twelve words. If it is too short, it might not communicate the specific message that the essay carries, as is a purpose of having a title. If it is too long, on the other hand, it risks not holding the attention of the reader. Therefore, the appropriate length of an essay’s title must be thoughtfully considered. It is advisable to come up with a long title to get an idea of the message you want the title to carry and the trim it thoughtfully, maintaining its essence. For instance, a title such as “Globalization: is it a blessing or a curse” is just long enough to pass the message and remain interesting.
A title is essentially a one line summary of the essay’s content. The composition of the title should therefore include verbs and descriptive terms to explain the essence of the work. The words should be simple and precise, and this implies the avoidance of complex phrases. Similarly, the example above familiarizes one with the essay even before they read it.
In a class, all students have the same essay to work on and therefore most of them will be submitted with structures that are largely similar. However, a good title stands out. It should have a creative phrase that captures the attention of the reader and piques their interest in the essay. It could compose of imagery or wordplay such as “profits or prophets: Colonization of Africa.”
Spelling and Grammar
One of the most important components of a title is the use of grammar. It is overambitious to consider wordplay before getting the more basic things such as correct spelling. Once someone notices a grammatical error in a title, they tend to approach the rest of the essay with the mindset that errors are bound to abound in it. Similarly, the title must be correctly punctuated and capitalized to demonstrate that you have a good grasp of the art of essay writing.
Slang and Abbreviation
An essay’s title is meant to be descriptive and most abbreviations are barely so. Therefore, using them in the title brings ambiguity and most likely confuses the reader. However, there is allowance for abbreviations that are recognized universally. Additionally, it is prudent to avoid slang or terms that may be unfamiliar with a majority of the public. Even in the case of papers on specific subjects, jargon should be avoided since they may come into the readership of a person outside that area.
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