A title should summarize the main ideas of your manuscript in an engaging way as well as possibly identify variables or the theoretical issue under investigation and identify the relationship between the variables.
(Note that in APA 6, the title was not bolded, but the new APA 7 guidelines recommend bolding the title of a paper.)
For specific guidelines and help with title format, check out our APA templates.
Wordy Title: "A Study of the Effects of Transformed Letters on Reading Speed"
Improved: "Effect of Transformed Letters on Reading Speed"
Vague and Wordy: "An Investigation of the Relationship Between Differentiated Instruction and Student Achievement"
Improved: "Differentiated Instruction's Influence on Student Achievement"