how do I state a book's title in a sentence


In reading The communication in modern world I found three main points

See example:

Everyone notices the difference of how people act if you see them outside of the environment you traditionally see them in.
asked Jun 10 '12 at 01:28 Kimberly mansheim New member

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Book titles should be in italics. For example:


I just finished reading War and Peace, as well as The Jungle Book and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.


Notice how all words must be capitalised, except articles (a, an, the), conjunctions (and, or, but, nor ...), and prepositions (of, in, by, with ...).



  • Capitalise conjunctions and prepositions if they are five letters long or longer.
  • Capitalise articles, conjunctions, and prepositions if they are the first word of the book title.
  • Don't use italics when referring to religious texts, such as the Bible or the Qu'ran. 
link answered Jun 10 '12 at 02:10 Jonathon VS New member

If you can't spell capitalize, then don't comment!

Sarah KirwanAug 13 '15 at 17:33

Perhaps you should check your sources before posting. Capitalise is an acceptable British spelling of the word.

Jodi Drinkwater GieseSep 01 '15 at 15:45


Jan 17 '16 at 15:24

I fail to see how advice on how to format book titles in a sentence is rendered instantly invalid due to a 'spelling mistake', nor did I realise that one's right to comment rested solely on their ability to spell or not make a single typo. Perhaps by this logic, a person who does not understand or know about Americanisms vs Britishisms has even less right to comment.

Kathy PlesterJan 09 at 10:43

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The rules for capitalization of titles in text vary slightly depending upon the style guide one uses. Jonathon's answer describes the basic rules that are common to most guides -- but one common rule is missing from his list.


Always capitalize the last word of the title (and the last word of the subtitle) even if it is a word that otherwise is not capitalized. The Chicago Manual of Style provides one exception (but the Modern Language Association does not): the second part of a species name is lowercased even if it is the last word in a title.


Also, both Chicago and MLA disagree with Jonathon's advise about the length of prepositions. To quote Chicago: "lowercase prepositions regardless of length".


For additional information, see 8.157 (Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, University of Chicago Press, 2010) and 3.7.1 (MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 3rd edition, Modern Language Association, 2008).

link comment answered Jun 10 '12 at 04:51 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

Coming up with a great essay title can be challenging. The title is the most important part of any article, since most readers begin by reading it to develop a perception. When writing a title consider: • Writing your essay first • Develop the essay’s theme • Know your audience • Revise your essay • Integrate important phrase from your source material

link comment answered Sep 13 '16 at 08:02 Essay Peer New member

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