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Characteristics of a Good Research Title

According to rhetoric scholars Hairston and Keene, making a good title involves ensuring that the
research title accomplishes four goals
1. A good title predicts the content of the research paper
2. A good title should be interesting to the reader

3. It should reflect the tone of the writing

4. Should contain important keywords that will make it easier to be located during a keyword
Search.

Example:
5 Simple steps to write a good research paper title

STEP 1
Ask yourself these questions and make note of the answers:
What is my paper about?
My paper studies whether X therapy improves the cognitive function of patients
suffering from dementia.
What techniques/ designs were used?
It was a randomized trial.
Who/what is studied?
I studied 40 cases from six cities in Japan.
What were the results?
There was an improvement in the cognitive function of patients.

STEP 2
Use your answers to list key words.
X therapy
Randomized trial
Dementia
6 Japanese cities
40 cases
Improved cognitive function

STEP 3
Create a sentence that includes the key words you listed.
This study is a randomized trial that investigates whether X therapy improved cognitive function in 40
dementia patients from 6 cities in Japan; it reports improved cognitive function.
(Current length: 28 words)

STEP 4
Delete all unnecessary/ repetitive words and link the remaining.
This study is a randomized trial that investigates whether X therapy improved cognitive function in 40
dementia patients from 6 cities in Japan; it reports improved cognitive function Randomized trial of X
therapy for improving cognitive function in 40 dementia patients from 6 cities in Japan
(Length of revised title: 18 words)

STEP 5
Delete non-essential information and reword the title.
Randomized trial of X therapy for improving cognitive function in 40 dementia patients from 6 cities in
Japan reports improved cognitive function
Randomized trial of X therapy for improving cognitive function in 40 dementia patients
(Length of finalized title: 13 words)
OR
Include a subtitle
X therapy improves cognitive function in 40 dementia patients: A randomized trial
(Title length: 12 words)
Features of a Great Qualitative Research Paper Title
Despite the fact that your school might have some specialized requirements for paper titles,
there are some general rules that must be observed:

 Keep it clear and concise.


Wordiness is the #1 enemy of a good title. Every word in it must have a purpose. Use the
simplest grammatical constructions that will allow you to get your main idea across.

 Make it to the point.


A title must tell EXACTLY what your paper is about. It must state the main point of your
project. For example, A Cartography of Qualitative Research in France, this title is focused on
the most important part of the study. It doesn’t include any excessive information, such as the
purpose of the project or methods used during it.

 Ensure it’s understandable.


Avoid using any abbreviations, jargon, and terms that aren’t commonly known. One of the
requirements of writing a good paper of this type is to make it easy to understand even to
readers who don’t have specialized education. The title should follow the same rules.

 Make it engaging.
It’s extremely hard to create a title that would catch the interest of prospective readers and
be sufficiently concise at the same time. Careful word choice is essential here, so be sure to
look into the dictionary when working on this part of your paper. You might also employ
the assistance of a professional as experienced academic writers have the skills necessary
to create great titles on any subject.

Sample Title in Qualitative Research


A History of the Present on the "Sportsman" and the "Sportswoman"

A Living History—A Qualitative Study of Experienced Chiropractors Treating Visceral


Conditions

A Methodological Approach to the Study of Urban Memory: Narratives about Mexico


City

A Qualitative Study of Multicultural Identities: Three Cases of London's Inner-City


Children

A Qualitative Study of the Effects of Residential Mobility on the Quality of Life Among
the Elderly

A Typology of Narratives of Social Inclusion and Exclusion: The Case of Bankrupt Entrepreneurs

Abused Women's Understandings of Intimate Partner Violence and the Link to Intimate
Femicide
FOR RESEARCH QUESTIONS:

Examples of research questions for different qualitative methodologies


Different types of studies go under the umbrella of qualitative research; each with its own philosophy
and ways of looking at the world as well as various methods of interpreting data. Here are some
qualitative research question examples that could be used through different qualitative approaches:

Grounded theory:
 What are the attitudes of elderly people with stroke towards the daily use of assistive devices and
technologies?
Phenomenology:
 What role does the therapist’s spirituality play in the treatment of his or her patients?
 How do female high school teachers who have been physically assaulted by students overcome their fears so
they can effectively teach?
Ethnography:
 How do adolescent Latinas/Latinos conceptualize classroom participation processes shape active oral
participation?
Narrative inquiry:
 How does a good everyday life come about when living with chronic rheumatic conditions?
Case study:
 What strategies are being used by small businesses that have effective and viable workplace wellness
programs?