If you look at the examples that we gave you in the document “MSA 698 Research Data Support,” you will find that the only thing that is constant for each paper would be “John Doe Administration.” For example, here are the titles that one could generate for each paper in the John Doe Administration:
ü Strategic Planning and John Doe Administration
Besides, according to some scholars, good titles in academic research papers have several characteristics:
- The title accurately addresses the subject and scope of the study.
- The title should not have any abbreviations.
- Make sure that one uses only words that create a positive impression and stimulate reader interest.
- Always use a current nomenclature from the field of study/concentration.
- Make a concerted effort to identify critical variables, both dependent and independent.
- In many cases, you might want to reveal how the paper will be organized.
- There are times that you might suggest a relationship between variables which supports the primary hypothesis.
- It is limited to 10 to 15 substantive words – shorter is much better.
- Make sure it does not include the study of, analysis of, or similar constructions.
- Many titles are usually in the form of a phrase. However, it can also be in the form of a question.
- Always use correct grammar and capitalization with all first words and last words capitalized, including the first word of a subtitle. All nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs that appear between the first and last words of the title are also capitalized.
- In academic papers, rarely is a title followed by an exclamation mark. However, a title or subtitle can be in the form of a question.
Again, looking at the above, we could have a generic title that could cut across all papers as “An Effective John Doe Administration.” As one might see, this is a short, simple, and to the point title. Another example could be “John Doe: An Effective John Doe Administration.” Nevertheless, if one did not start with a generic title, one would create a title for each assignment, as seen with the four paper illustrations above. In the end, a generic title is best because we can cover any body of knowledge of research. Therefore a generic title is best, and you will not have to generate a title for each paper. At that point, you will need only to cover the “same issue, or organization, or problem” for each essay/paper.
The papers must include the following:
- Title Page. The title should be descriptive and suggest the paper’s purpose
- Table of Contents
- Contain an introduction, body of the paper, and conclusion.
- Appendices (if applicable):
- Reference List (every citation in the Text must be correctly listed in the Reference List) There must be 6 to 10 scholarly references per paper.
If you have more than one Table, a List of Tables Page follows the Table of Contents
If you have more than one Figure, a List of Figures Page follows the Table of Contents or the List of Tables Page (if there is a List of Tables Page).
Students must follow the most recent edition of the APA Publication Manual when submitting the papers required for this course.
- Blank Page
- Executive Summary
- Title Page
- Table of Contents
- List of Tables (optional)
- List of Figures (optional)
- The Text
Example Generic Titles that cut across all Papers for a John Doe Administration:
- An Effective John Doe Administration
- John Doe: An Effective John Doe Administration
Once again, if one used a generic title like the above example, there would be no need to change each paper title.