How to write effective headings
Headings are essential parts of your paper to help navigate your reader locate specific parts of your essay or research paper by dividing information quickly. They are tools that make your paper more eye-catching and inviting, which is why it is vital to use them effectively.
Difference between headings and titles
Even though titles and headings share similarities, their roles in your paper are different. While your title should contain the content of your whole document in one or two phrases, your headings should specifically focus on capturing the content of a particular section such as the introduction, body paragraphs, or conclusion.
In other words, while a title is a complete body, headings are used to describe different parts of the body.
Length of headings
Your headings should be long enough to present the content of the specific section. However, be as concise as you can be, and try to limit your heading to one line if possible.
Higher-level and lower-level headings
Writing descriptive headings
How to use technical terms
Some papers may rely heavily on technical terms and jargon that an average reader might not be familiar with. Always know your audience and adjust your headings according to your reader’s level of knowledge. Still, if it doesn’t add a benefit to explaining your content, skip using technical terms and jargon.
When planning for your paper, make sure to plan how you will be dealing with the formatting and capitalization of your headings.
Your assignment sheet or university might provide you with a guideline to follow on how to format, capitalize, and sequence your headings.
Different writing styles require different heading formatting. Therefore, learn the specific formatting style for different academic writing types (e.g. APA headings, MLA headings).
Automatic heading styles in Word
Microsoft Word, Google docs, Pages, and other similar software programs offer different heading style templates to make formatting your headings easier.
Once you use the heading styles provided by these word-processing software programs, it is also easier to automatically create a table of contents, which will save you a lot of time.
Things to avoid
Recently on Tamara Blog
How to write a horror story
This article will guide you on how to write a horror story. You will learn how to plan your setting, characters, and outline and see examples of exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.
How to write a story
Learn how to write a story with our guide on the steps of story writing and see examples of exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.
Writing a Great Autobiography (Steps & Examples)
An autobiography essay is simply writing about your personal experiences or a specific event, but not a story of your whole life. Although the writing process may take a lot of time, it’s easy to overcome with a good preparation and planning.
An Extensive Guide to Essay Structures (With Examples)
Writing a great essay is all about having a clear and logical structure. However, many people struggle with organizing their thoughts and ideas in a way that is both coherent and easy to follow. If you’re one of them, don’t worry!
A Sensational Guide to Hook Sentences (With Examples)
Do you want your reader to wonder what’s next in your essay and keep reading? Then you need something to grab the reader’s attention: the hook sentence.
Essay Topic Ideas
Get inspiration for your essay with our list of essay topic ideas, from persuasive and argumentative to narrative and research essay topics.