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An APA title is detailed and concise and should be 12 words or fewer. The reader should be able to clearly understand the topic or focus of your paper from the title.
- Use title case, meaning all major words and words of four or more letters are capitalized.
- Center the title on your title page and on the first page of the body of your paper.
- Use full terms and avoid abbreviations.
- Avoid unnecessary words (like a study of).
- Avoid using a colon.
Titles for doctoral studies
- Your title should express the relationships between relevant variables and theories.
- Follow your faculty's preferences for titles.
- Avoid subtitles or secondary titles.
- Avoid beginning a title with a verb.
Refer to Chapter 2 of the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA Manual) for more information on titles.
- See more examples of strong titles and title revisions on the Writing Center's titles webpage.
- Learn about APA's guidelines regarding heading levels in your titles.
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