Title Page and Title

The title page is the first page of the paper and includes the title of the paper, your name, the course title, your lab time or section, your instructor's name, i.e., Dr. Jacqueline S. McLaughlin, and the due date for the paper is exact date will be announced. The title should be as short as possible and as long as necessary to communicate to the reader the question being answered in the paper. For example, if you are asking a question about the inheritance patterns of the gene for aldehyde oxidase production in Drosophila melanogaster, a possible title might be "Inheritance of the Gene for Aldehyde Oxidase in Drosophila melanogaster." Something like "Inheritance in Fruit Flies" is too general, and "A Study of the Inheritance of the Enzyme Aldehyde Oxidase in the Fruit Fly Drosophila melanogaster" is too wordy. The words "A Study of the" are superfluous, and "Enzyme" and "Fruit Fly" are redundant. The suffix -ase indicates that aldehyde oxidase is an enzyme, and most scientists know that Drosophila melanogaster is the scientific name of a common fruit fly species. However, it is appropriate to include in the title both common and scientific names of lesser known species.

Place the title about 7 cm from the top of the title page. Place "by" and your name in the center of the page, and place the Department of Biology, Penn State Allentown Campus, and due date, each on a separate centered line, at the bottom of the page. Leave about 5 cm below this information.

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