Capitalising book titles
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The general rule about capital case with book titles, and then what to do when you are using a referencing style for a reference list.
Capitalisation is important when writing out the titles of works such as books and journal articles, when mentioning them in the body of your essay. A useful general rule is to capitalise all first letters except short insignificant words such as a/the, short prepositions such as to, at, by, of and conjunctions such as and, but, or.
Note: After a colon in a title, the next word always starts with a capital letter, and hyphenated words are treated as one word.
Note: If you are writing titles in your APA reference list, you need to follow the rules of APA (or the referencing style you are using). You can see these for APA using the University of Waikato APA quick guide
Digital Storytelling in Practice
The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media.
Cross-currents of Pedagogy and Technology: A Forum on Digital Storytelling and Cultural Critique.
Remember: These instructions follow general guidelines for capitalising titles in your writing, but they do not match the specific requirements of your APA reference list. Make sure that you get to know your subject's relevant style requirements for capitalising titles in your reference list.
Instructions: Hover or tap the questions below to see the reason for the answers given in the quiz.
1. True or false
You need to be careful to follow the specific instructions for your referencing system when it comes to book titles.
Why: Each referencing style has its own standards or requirements with regard to how the title of works should appear. You have to follow their particular instructions.
2. Is the title formatted correctly for APA?
Harré, N. (2018). Psychology for a better world: Working with people to save the planet. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press.
Why: APA specifies that the titles of books are in sentence case, but that the word following a colon is capitalised. This entry is correct.