Learn how to compose a clear, concise, and meaningful title for a technical report. A title page also contains other essential information including names or agencies and a date. Effective titles can determine if a report gets read. Explore ways to ask key questions to help craft a report title.
- [Instructor] How important is the title…for your technical report?…It may be one of the last things you compose…or at least one of your last revisions.…And yes, it is the first thing your reader sees,…but is it really that important…and does it really require any thought and time?…How do you determine which articles to read,…which resources to use, even which emails to read?…Probably by the title, which is what the subject line…is for an email.…The shortest part, the title, may determine…if it even gets read.…
Also consider that if your technical report is stored online…it will be accessed by the keywords in the title.…Let's look at some of the common problem areas…in technical report titles.…One, it may be too general or incomplete, Erosion, example.…That could be about dozens of different issues…or even Erosion Concerns is still much too general.…Or maybe the most important aspects aren't emphasized…as in these two examples,…Evaluation of How to Improve Erosion…Around Highway Construction Areas,…or Investigation of Erosion Issues Created…
- Identify the purpose and main point of a report.
- Determine which questions should be asked before writing a technical report.
- Recall the six ethical principles identified by the Society of Technical Writers.
- List three groups of readers that could be the audience for a technical report.
- Examine the technical audience.
- Explain when it is appropriate to use generic headings.
- Recognize the best approach for writing a first draft.
- Name three areas of a report that should be assessed during the revision process.
- Review the best strategies for keeping your writing concise.
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