Research Paper Basics

How to Handle Titles

The rules below have been around for a very long time. My copy of A Preface to College Prose, copyright 1935, does titles this way, so even if your high school English teacher wasn't aware of standard practice, it's been around for at least 83 years. This isn't new stuff, even if most college freshmen have never heard of it.

Something we do not do

Even if the book designer put the title in all capitals, we do not ever use it that way. Do not write:

(By the way, the same goes for book designers who put the whole thing in lower case or mix things up in a stylish manner!)

The Bibliographic Page Trap

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