Running Head

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running head

[′rən·iŋ ′hed]
(graphic arts)
A title (as of a chapter, of a section, or of the book itself) which appears at the top of almost every page of a book.

Running Head


heading information, such as the title of a work, part, chapter, or paragraph, found at the top of each page of a book, newspaper, or magazine. In encyclopedias and dictionaries running heads—titles of the first and last articles on a page or their initial letters—replace the table of contents, thus facilitating location of material. Running heads are used for the same purpose in scientific and scholarly literature with a complicated textual organization. In magazines the author’s last name and the title of the work are usually included in the running head, and in newspapers the running head consists of the name, date, and consecutive number of the newspaper.

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Distinguish the running head or foot from the text itself.
My one reservation here is that the running heads do not indicate the chapter numbers, but only the generic headings; since the indexes refer to entries by numbers, it would have been convenient to have these in the running heads as well.
One is the addition of running heads for each section to help users keep their place.
In the first half of the book no year is included in running heads or with individual documents, which complicates scanning for a particular date.
Consultation of the main directory would be simplified if running heads were used at the top of each page, and advertisements inserted throughout the volume interfere with the flow of the text.
A detailed table of contents, chapter thumb tabs, and topic-specific running heads make it easy to locate information.