Begin every technical document except a memorandum with a clear and specific title. Prospective readers may judge whether your document will be worth their time just be reading the title. The subject line of a memo serves as the title.
Long formal documents have a separate title page. For shorter documents, a title page may be required, optional, or unnecessary, depending on the specific context and conventions in your field.
A title page should include the title, the author or authors, their affiliation (if appropriate), and the date. It may also include additional information, such as a specific grant or project number.
for sample titles and Research Reports for an example of a formal title page.
Solar Absorption by Clouds
[Although this title identifies the categories treated, it could say more about how these categories are being treated.]
Direct Observation of Excess Solar Absorption by Clouds
[This expansion of the title makes clear what aspect of solar absorption is being treated in the paper.]
Soot Morphology: An Application of Image Analysis in High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy
[This two-part title states the category of interest, followed by the specific approach of the report.]
Dietary Nitrate and Nitrite Human Cancer Roles
[The title is ambiguous because it is hard to tell how all the nouns and adjectives are modifying "roles."]
The Roles of Dietary Nitrate and Nitrite
in Human Cancer
[The addition of two prepositions helps to rearrange the title in a much clearer sequence.]