Composition Titles

Capitalize the principal words, including prepositions and conjunctions for four or more letters. Capitalize an article – the, a, an – or words of fewer than four letters if it the first or last word in a title. Put quotation marks around the following:

  • Book titles (e.g.: “Age of Innocence” by Edith Wharton)
  • Feature-length film titles
  • Opera and play titles
  • Music albums
  • Works of art
  • Television and radio programs
  • Book chapters or other sections of a publication
  • Papers to be presented
  • Lectures and speeches
  • Symposia
  • Song titles
  • Poem titles
  • Video game titles
  • Topics for seminars or discussions
  • Art gallery exhibitions
  • Magazine or newspaper articles

Newspapers, magazines and academic journals should be italicized.

  • New York Times
  • Newsweek
  • Journal of the American Medical Association