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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Of portability I will have more to say later, but we all access information in books randomly by riffling their pages (which is why we prefer books over the "sequential access" of microfilm), and publishers assist us in this activity with tables of contents, indexes, running heads, chapter titles and subheadings.
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The notes are grouped together at the back, where there are no running heads to identify the chapters to which the notes belong.