The Writing Center @ The University of Wisconsin - Madison
The Writer's Handbook
Writing Scientific Reports

Developing a Title

Titles should

  • Describe contents clearly and precisely, so that readers can decide whether to read the report

  • Provide key words for indexing

Titles should NOT

  • Include wasted words such as "studies on," "an investigation of"

  • Use abbreviations and jargon

  • Use "cute" language

Good Titles

The Relationship of Luteinizing Hormone to Obesity in the Zucker Rat

Poor Titles

An Investigation of Hormone Secretion and Weight in Rats

Fat Rats: Are Their Hormones Different?