How to write a proper name in a paper

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In an academic paper, how do I label a proper noun that is the name of a software system?  Do I underline the name or do I put it in quotes?  Do I put the word in italics? Or is it just capiltalized and that's it?

asked Feb 02 '12 at 21:14 Janis Allen New member

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You would capitalize all major words in the name, e.g. Adobe Photoshop, Firefox, Linux, Microsoft Office, Return to Zork, Windows Media Player.

link comment answered Feb 03 '12 at 00:38 Mb Swartz New member
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Proper nouns are always capitalized.  They do not get underlined, italicized, or put in quotes.  A title of a book, a movie, or an article have different rules that use those formats.  It may seem that software titles may follow those rules since they were written by a person and have the common description of being a title.  But it isn't so. 

 

To understand the difference...

A software program is distinctive enough to earn a proper noun, just as the Washington Monument is the name of one specific monument.  There is not likely to be another software program or monument by the same name.  A book, article, or movie title can't make the same claim. 

link comment answered Feb 03 '12 at 02:00 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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