Before presenting a list of ideas for potential titles for this research paper, it is important that you understand this: contrary to what you may have learned in elementary school or even middle school, the title of your research paper is of very little importance or significance overall. It is true that most students are taught to "hook the audience" through a catchy title and even catchier opening sentence. You might also be under the impression that it is necessary to distinguish your paper from other papers through a title that is "different," "creative," or "unique."
If any of this writing advice sounds familiar, I am going to argue that though it might be something to keep in the back of your mind, the title of your paper is the least of your worries. What is important is the contentof your paper. If you have presented an interesting thesis statement and then focused on this thesis with a well organized and thoughtful argument, the title can be something as simple as a one or two word description of the paper. Even something like "Social Work" would be completely appropriate if the paper itself is well written. In other words, the title of your paper should have little to no bearing on your grade.
That said, here are a few ideas to help you brainstorm. Keep in mind that without knowing your exact thesis statement, these examples are are open-ended and must be adapted:
- Simple and direct approach. Ex: Social Work: The Key To America's Success.
- Make it personal. Ex: Social Work: My Plan for the Future.
- Present a comparison. Ex: Why Social Work is More Important than _________.
- A Short Version of your thesis. Ex: Social Work as a Means to _________.