SECTION SEVEN : Title
Capturing the essence of the report
Write a title that captures what is important about
the lab, including the scientific concept the lab is about and variables
involved, the procedure, or anything else that is important to understanding
what this report is about.
You write the title after you have written
the other parts of the report, because the title reduces the report
down to its essence, and it's not until you finish writing the report
that you are able to identify what that essence is. A good title very
efficiently tells the reader what the report is about.
- If you are having trouble writing a title, try this approach. List
the keywords related to the report: the scientific concept of the lab,
the kind of procedure you used, names of key materials, what you experimented
on, etc. Then write a title that describes the lab using the most important
of these keywords.
- A title should use the fewest possible words to adequately describe
the content of the report.
- A title should be as specific as possible. Specify the primary focus
of the experiment and procedures used, including the scientific names
of chemicals, animals, etc.
- Do not write the title as a complete sentence, with a subject and
a verb. Titles are labels, not sentences.
- Do not use catchy titles. This is not an English paper or an editorial.
- Find the right balance for the length of the title: not so short that
it doesn't communicate what the report is about but not so long that
it rambles on for more than a line.