Capitalization

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If I am writing a summary of a book, do I capitalize the name of he book throughout the entire book?

asked Sep 04 '12 at 00:17 Cheryl New member

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There are several different styles for handling book titles in English. All versions agree on one thing -- consistency. Whichever style you choose, be consistent and do the same thing throughout your document. Almost all styles agree on the following:

 

1) Capitalize the first word of the title.

2) Capitalize the last word of the title.

3) Capitalize all nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and subordinating conjunctions (if, because, as, that, and so on).

 

The various style manuals disagree when it comes to the little words -- the prepositions and articles. I won't go into the various different versions here, but you are generally safe if you do not capitalize those words. If your teacher says you need to adhere to a specific style guide -- Chicago, MLA, APA, AP, ACS, etc. -- you should look up what that guide says.

 

Whatever style you choose, be consistent.

link comment answered Sep 04 '12 at 00:52 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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