Titles & Names

Composition Titles

  • The rules for composition titles are for book titles, computer game titles, movie titles, opera titles, play titles, poem titles, album and song titles, radio and television program titles, and the titles of lectures, speeches and works of art.
  • Capitalize principal words, prepositions, and conjunctions that are four or more letters long.
  • Capitalize articles and words that are less than four letters that are the first or last word in a title.
  • Capitalize all words within a title that are not articles, short prepositions, or short conjunctions. This includes hyphenated words. e.g., Learning by Teaching Others: Writing in a Math-Based Course.
  • Put quotation marks around the names of composition titles except for the Bible, reference materials (e.g., encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc.), apps, magazines, websites, and software titles.

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