How to write a proper name in a paper
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?
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.
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