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 21stCentury
In other words, A The An • will not be capitalized unless • they appear as the first word in a title • they appear after a colon
Example: A • The Grapes of Wrath • “A Christmas Wish” • Rhetorical Reader: A Visual Approach • Writing Essentials: AnMLA Handbook The An
and but or nor for yet so “non- important” Conjunctions are words Also, (They should not be capitalized unless they appear after a colon.)
to, from of by at in, out with on, off More “non-important words” 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 . . . Play titles TV program 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. . . Short story titles Poem titles Article titles Song titles Essay titles
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”
Side note. . . When using another source’s title, always copy it word for word. Precision is . . .
“To My Dear Husband” “My Dear, Loving Husband” “To My Loving Husband” These are not accurate! Example: Source’s title: “To My Dear and Loving Husband”
This is wrong Word to the Wise Do not put the title of your own essay in quotations Maria Smith Butler Eng 1113 5 May 2006 “Immorality in America”
This is correct. . . Maria Smith Butler Eng 1113 5 May 2006 Immorality in America
Maria Smith Butler Eng 1113 5 May 2006 Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” title within a title Unless . . . within your title, you are giving another author’s title.
Example: The purpose of your essay is to show how cloning is unethical. How to develop your own essay title Be creative and to the point
These titles are bland. . . “Cloning” “Ethics of Cloning” “Morals and Cloning”
These titles are enticing. . . “Eggs and Stem Cells: The Unethical Frontier” “Cloning: A Pandora’s Box”
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.
handle with care. In other words, Titles introduce an author’s work. . .