What should the title of my paper be?

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What should the title of my paper be?

Definition. The title summarizes the main idea or ideas of your study. A good title contains the fewest possible words that adequately describe the contents and/or purpose of your research paper. The title is without doubt the part of a paper that is read the most, and it is usually read first.

Can you put a full stop in a title?

As a general rule, a full stop is not used at the end of a displayed title, heading, subheading or caption in scholarly English prose. Some table headings are very long, so when a table heading consists of more than one sentence, a full stop should be used after each sentence, including the final one.

Do titles need punctuation?

It should not be italicized or placed in quotation marks, and it should not have a full stop at the end. Any punctuation or italics which are required for independent reasons should be used normally; this includes a question mark at the end if the title is a question.

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