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I need a title for my research paper!

Discussion in 'Hangout' started by Lauren8211, Apr 6, 2009.

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  1. Lauren8211
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    by Lauren8211 » Apr 6, 2009
    Ok, so I just finished up my 20 page medical sociology paper.

    I''m burnt out, and just realized I forgot the hardest part.

    I need a clever title! Anyone clever out there?

    Fill in the blank:

    ____________: A Comparison of the Effects of Abstinence-Only and Comprehensive Sex Education on Rates of Teen Pregnancy and STDs
     
  2. Haven
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    by Haven » Apr 6, 2009
    "Papa Don't Preach: yadda yadda yadda"

    (Is that too biased? Perhaps your prof isn't a big Madonna fan. [​IMG])

    ETA:

    What about:

    "Sex, Lies, and Purity Rings: yadda yadda yadda"
     
  3. Bia
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    by Bia » Apr 6, 2009

    I like!
     
  4. Lauren8211
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    by Lauren8211 » Apr 6, 2009
    Oooh, Haven I do like that.

    The one I had was "Should we Say yes to just saying no?"

    I was hoping someone could come up with something better. I think I like yours better than mine!
     
  5. phoenixgirl
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    by phoenixgirl » Apr 6, 2009
    Is it expected that you have a clever title? I feel less trusting of the objectivity of what I'm reading if the title is cutesy rather than straightforward. I'm always trying to break my students of the cutesy habit in formal writing unless the reference just begs to be used.

    P.S. I like your suggested primary title. It doesn't indicate which side your findings support.
     
  6. Lauren8211
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    by Lauren8211 » Apr 6, 2009
    Yeah, it is supposed to be objective, so I don''t want to make my opinion obvious from the get-go.

    It doesn''t have to be cutesy, of course. I just think something cutesy is catchier, yanno?

    Glad you like my original title, I might have to stick with it to remain objective.
     
  7. Haven
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    by Haven » Apr 6, 2009
    I know nothing of sociology profs, but all of my English profs at both the undergrad and grad levels preferred clever titles, but that was for lit crits, which are research-based but driven by the author''s original assertions. Cutesy, no. Clever, yes. (I''m not saying my suggestions are either, by the way.)

    My guess is a sociology paper is totally different, especially if you aren''t using your research to further an assertion of your own. Good point, Phoenix. (What do you teach, by the way?)
     
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    by Scorpioanne » Apr 6, 2009
    As a university instructor a catchy title will really give you points with me as I really appreciate them (not necessarily literally). Since I have 30 major papers to mark and it is late I am not in a brain space to suggest one but I do like "Papa don''t preach". How about "From the Cabbage Patch to Contraceeptives/Condoms"? BTW, one of the classes I teach is "Social Work Practice and Human Sexuality".
     
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    by Rock_of_Love » Apr 6, 2009
    Oooohh...I like! You could add something like "Papa Don''t Preach...or Do?: yadda yadda"

    I love pop culture references in titles. The one you thought of sounds like one of Carrie''s columns in "Sex in the City."
     
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    by Dancing Fire » Apr 7, 2009
    Foursome !! [​IMG]
     
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    by Bia » Apr 7, 2009
    You just HAD to go there didn''t you? [​IMG]

    Silly, silly DF...
     
  12. Lauren8211
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    by Lauren8211 » Apr 7, 2009
    LOL, there''s that fallout I was talkin about. [​IMG]
     
  13. tlh
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    by tlh » Apr 7, 2009
    Just the tip.
     
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    by katamari » Apr 7, 2009
    What about:

    Just Say No versus Just the Facts: A Comparison of the Effects of Abstinence-Only and Comprehensive Sex Education on Rates of Teen Pregnancy and STDs

    or

    Truth or Consequences: A Comparison of the Effects of Abstinence-Only and Comprehensive Sex Education on Rates of Teen Pregnancy and STDs
     
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    by laine » Apr 7, 2009
    Hahahaha. I very nearly spit my soda all over the monitor.
     
  16. swingirl
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    by swingirl » Apr 8, 2009
    Those are clever!
     
  17. Lauren8211
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    by Lauren8211 » Apr 8, 2009
    Oh, Katamari those are good!
     
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    by Elmorton » Apr 8, 2009
    Love the ideas you have here.

    My biggest "title" tip to my comp students - if it''s a play on a famous Shakespeare quote, don''t use it in your title. I want to hurl every time I see a To Be or Not to Be? title.
     
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    by Erin » Apr 8, 2009
    Carnality and Chastity
     
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    by katamari » Apr 9, 2009

    Thanks, Elle! I am a soc. PhD student, so I have had lots of practice naming soc. papers. [​IMG] Congrats on finishing your paper, by the way. This means you are one step closer to graduating, right?[​IMG]
     
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