# 6.13: Capitalization

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Capitalize means to use uppercase for the first letter of a word.

## Basic Principles

Proper nouns: Capitalize nouns that are the unique identification for a particular person, place or thing.

Example: Michael, Minnesota, North America.<

Proper names: Capitalize common nouns like party only when they are part of the full name for the person, place or thing.

Example: I am a member of the Democratic Party.

Example: Are you going to the party?

They are also lowercased when being used in a plural setting:

Example: The Democratic and Republican parties.

Sentences: Capitalize the first word of every sentence including quoted statements and direct questions.

Composition: Capitalize the main words in the names of books, movies, plays, poems, operas, songs, radio and television programs, etc.

Example: Family Guy.

Titles: Capitalize formal titles only when used in front of a name, not when used after the name.

Example: Associate Professor John Doe / John Doe, associate professor.

Academic titles: Capitalize and spell out formal titles only when they precede a name.

Example: Chancellor David Nachriener.

## Bibliography

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