Title Case

When composing titles or headings that require the use of title case, use the following guidelines:

1. Capitalize the first and last words in the title.

2. Capitalize all nouns, adverbs, pronouns, adjectives and verbs.

  • Examples: am, is, are, was, were, be, etc.
3. Capitalize prepositions and conjunctions that are four or more letters.

  • Examples: from, into, upon, before, while

  • Correct: Going Into Business With a Partner
  • Incorrect: Going into Business with a Partner
4. Do not capitalize articles or coordinating conjunctions.

  • Examples: a, an, the, and, but, for
5. In hyphenated words, follow the same rules of capitalization for the word following the hyphen as you would for the word before it.

  • Correct: Next-Generation Solutions
  • Incorrect: Next-generation Solutions
6. For company names, follow the spelling and capitalization preferred by the company, but capitalize the first letter if it begins the title.

  • Correct: Using iTunes to Build Your Music Library
  • Incorrect: Using ITunes to Build Your Music Library

  • Correct: EBay: Changing How the World Shops
  • Incorrect: eBay: Changing How the World Shops 
7. Do NOT use contractions.

Sentence Case

When composing titles, headings or subheadings that require sentence case, capitalize only the first letter of the first word and the first letter of any proper nouns. Omit end punctuation marks.

  • Correct: No-mess ways of keeping out rodents
  • Incorrect: No-mess Ways of Keeping out Rodents.