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How To Write A Title Page


A title page in APA Format

The title page is an important element of your APA format paper.

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The title page is the first page of your psychology paper. In order to make a good first impression, it is important to have a well-formatted title page in proper APA format that clearly represents your paper. The following format should be used in both psychology lab reports and research articles. Your instructor may also request that you use a similar format for other types of psychology writing.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Variable

Here's How:

  1. Elements of a Title Page
    • Article title
    • Authors name
    • Author's school affiliation
    • Running head
    • Page number
  2. Choosing a Title
    One of the most difficult tasks is choosing a good title. Your title should be as specific as possible. Notice the titles used in the following examples:
    • [Specific] "Second-order Beliefs and the Use of Self-Presentational Explanations for Behavior"
    • [General] "Cognitive Abilities and Social Understanding"
    The best way to structure you title is to look at your hypothesis and experimental variables. For example: "The Effects of [Independent Variable] on [Dependent Variable]"

  3. Other Elements
    • A running head should be included in the upper left hand corner on all pages, including the title page.

    • All pages, including the title page, should also have a page number located in the upper right hand corner.

    • The first line of your title page should be left-aligned at the top of the page, using the following format:

      Running head: PAGE TITLE

      Note that the running head should be listed as no more that fifty characters, including letters, spacing between words and punctuation, of your title in uppercase letters.

    • Your title, name and school should be double-spaced and centered on the page.
  4. A Quick Title Page Checklist:

    • Does your title page contain a title, your name, your school affiliation, a running head, and a page number?
    • Is your title clear, specific, and does is accurately describe what your paper is about?
    • Is your running head in uppercase format and no longer than fifty characters in length?
    • Is the title, your name, and school affiliation centered on the page and double-spaced?


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