The General Rules for Title Case: Capitalization in Titles

Capitalize the first, last, and important words in a title. Important words include nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, and more. So, generally, these parts of speech are capitalized in titles:

  • Nouns
  • Adjectives
  • Verbs 
  • Adverbs
  • Pronouns
  • Subordinating conjunctions 

Words with less than five letters, are lowercase in titles, unless they are the first or last words.

Generally, do not capitalize:

  • Articles
  • Coordinating Conjunctions (fewer than five letters)
  • Prepositions (fewer than five letters)

General rule recommended by The U.S. Government Printing Office Style Manual: Capitalize all words in titles except a, an, the, at, by, for, in, of, on, to, up, and, as, but, or, and nor.

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