The first letter of the first word in every sentence is always capitalized. However, the following are other rules students should know:
Reproduce capitalization in a quoted passage.
The first word of quoted material which follows an explanatory phrase must be
According to Kate Chopin, "All women should live for
NOTE: When the quotation is blended into the grammatical structure of the
sentence, the first word is not capitalized.
The University's President asserts that all students "need to
comply with University guidelines."
Capitalize words of significance in a title.
Capitalize all words of significance in the titles of books, periodicals, and
art works. Do not capitalize articles (a, an, the), conjunctions (and, but, or),
or prepositions of four or fewer letters, unless they are the first or last
words of a title.
Pride and Prejudice
"Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern
The Mayor of Casterbridge
Capitalize names of people or groups of people.
Names of family relations are only capitalized when they are before the
Capitalize religions and religious titles and names.
Capitalize names of nations, nationalities, and languages.
Capitalize places and regions (designated by points on a compass) when they
function as nouns and refer to a particular place in the country and not to a
|The Grand Canyon
||the Appalachian Mountains |
||the Wild West|
NOTE: I was driving west. (In this sentence "west" refers to a
Capitalize titles of distinction.
|Secretary of the Interior
|Prime Minister Blair
||Nathan Starck, D.C.|
|Andy Weiner, Ph.D.
||Sam Jackson, Sr.|
|Sam Jackson, Jr.