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Title Formats NEC FACET Center
Rule # 1: Capitalization In a title, capitalize the first word, last word, and all of the important words in between. EXAMPLES: The Great Gatsby Where the Red Fern Grows Approaching Literature in the 21 st Century
In other words, will not be capitalized unless 1.they appear as the first word in a title 2.they appear after a colon
Example: The Grapes of Wrath A Christmas Wish Rhetorical Reader: A Visual Approach Writing Essentials: An MLA Handbook
Also, and but or nor for yet so words Conjunctions are non- important (They should not be capitalized unless they appear after a colon.)
More non-important words to, from of by at in, out with on, off Do not capitalize prepositions
Rule # 2: Proper Format (Different titles use different formats.)
Italicize these titles... Book titles Newspaper titles Magazine titles Film titles
AND italicize these titles too... TV program titles Play titles Titles of musical works Titles of software
Examples Book: Joy in the Morning Newspaper: The New York Times Magazine: ESPN Film: Pride and Prejudice T.V. Program: CSI Play: The Taming of the Shrew Software: Reading Comprehension Long Musical Work: Eroica
Use quotations with these titles... Poem titles Short story titles Essay titles Song titles Article titles
Examples Poem: Im Nobody! Who are You? Short Story: Two Kinds Essay: West Coast Discourse Article: Religious Themes in Hawthornes Works Song: Amazing Grace
Side note... When using another sources title, always copy it word for word.
Example: Sources title: To My Dear and Loving Husband To My Loving Husband To My Dear Husband My Dear, Loving Husband These are not accurate!
Word to the Wise Do not put the title of your own essay in quotations Maria Smith Butler Eng May 2006 Immorality in America This is wrong
This is correct... Maria Smith Butler Eng May 2006 Immorality in America
Unless... within your title, you are giving another authors title. Maria Smith Butler Eng May 2006 Shirley Jacksons The Lottery title within a title
How to develop your own essay title Be creative and to the point The purpose of your essay is to show how cloning is unethical.
These titles are bland... Cloning Ethics of Cloning Morals and Cloning
These titles are enticing... Cloning: A Pandoras Box Eggs and Stem Cells: The Unethical Frontier
Summary of Rules Capitalize the first word and all other major words. Either use italicizing or quotations with a title depending upon the source. Do not use underlining or quotation marks for your own titles. If citing another source within your own title, use either italicizing or quotations depending upon that source.
In other words, Titles introduce an authors work... handle with care.