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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


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