Tuesday, March 8, 2011


This is going to be a very brief post, due to a crazy week, but an an important one non-the-less. I've found myself googling the rules of capitalization time and time again, in particular when I'm working on a non-fiction piece. There are no set rules for capitalization, as you can refer to the capitalization of something part of the art of the piece (especially in poetry), but there are two main types that are generally accepted.

1. Sentence Case

This style is where you capitalize the title like you would a sentence. You just capitalize the first word of the title and the proper nouns. Also known as Down Style.

For example: "Capitalization: do's and don'ts" or "It's Sally's birthday!"

2. Title Case

This is the style that I prefer. It's where you capitalize all nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs and subordinating conjunctions (ex. if, because, as, that ect.), and the last word of the title no matter what type.

You don't capitalize articles (ex. a, an, the), coordinating conjunctions (ex. and, but, of, for, nor) or prepositions (ex."He fell off his bike") Also called "Headline Style" or "Up Style".

For example: "Capitalization: Do's and Don'ts"

It really doesn't matter which style you use as long as you're consistent. Although, I would recommend "Title Case" style. So go forth and capitalize titles properly!


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