2 Rule # 1: Capitalization In a title, capitalize the first word, last word,and all of the important words in between.EXAMPLES: The Great GatsbyWhere the Red Fern GrowsApproaching Literature in the 21st Century
3 will not be capitalized unless In other words,ATheAnwill not be capitalized unlessthey appear as the first word in a titlethey appear after a colon
4 Example: A The Grapes of Wrath The An “A Christmas Wish” Rhetorical Reader: A Visual ApproachWriting Essentials: An MLA HandbookTheAn
5 Also, (They should not be capitalized wordsConjunctionsare“non-important”andbutornorforyetso(They should not be capitalizedunless they appear after a colon.)
6 More “non-important words” to, fromofbyatin, outwithon, offDo not capitalize prepositions
7 (Different titles use different formats.) Rule # 2: Proper Format(Different titles use different formats.)
8 Italicize these titles. . . Book titlesNewspaper titlesMagazine titlesFilm titles
9 AND italicize these titles too . . . Play titlesTV programtitlesTitles ofmusical worksTitles of software
10 Examples Book: Joy in the Morning Newspaper: The New York Times Magazine: ESPNFilm: Pride and PrejudiceT.V. Program: CSIPlay: The Taming of the ShrewSoftware: Reading ComprehensionLong Musical Work: Eroica
11 Use quotations with these titles. . . Short story titlesPoem titlesArticle titlesSong titlesEssay titles
12 Examples Poem: “I’m Nobody! Who are You?” Short Story: “Two Kinds” Essay: “West Coast Discourse”Article: “Religious Themes in Hawthorne’s Works”Song: “Amazing Grace”
13 Side note. . .When using another source’s title, always copy it word for word.Precision is . . .
14 “My Dear, Loving Husband” Example:Source’s title: “To My Dear and Loving Husband”“To My Loving Husband”“To My Dear Husband”“My Dear, Loving Husband”These are not accurate!
15 Word to the Wise Do not put the title of your own essay in quotations This is wrongMaria SmithButlerEng 11135 May 2006“Immorality in America”
16 This is correct. . . Maria Smith Butler Eng 1113 5 May 2006 Immorality in America
17 Unless . . . within your title, you are giving another author’s title. Maria SmithButlerEng 11135 May 2006Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”title within a title
18 How to develop your own essay title Be creative and to the pointExample:The purpose of your essay isto show how cloning is unethical.
19 These titles are bland. . . “Cloning” “Ethics of Cloning” “Morals and Cloning”
20 These titles are enticing. . . “Eggs and Stem Cells:The Unethical Frontier”“Cloning: A Pandora’s Box”
21 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.
22 In other words, Titles introduce an author’s work. . . handle with care.