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Title case is a headline formatting style that is often used for books, blogs, articles, newspapers, songs, and movies. It makes your titles easier to digest by your readers, it commands attention, and it just looks right.
In a nutshell, title case means capitalizing important words and leaving minor words lower case.
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Keep reading for a detailed explanation of title case capitalization rules.
Title case should generally be used for the titles of books, songs, movies, TV shows, and games. Whilst it is not essential, most writers also choose title case for blog titles, article headlines and other online content such as Medium.com story titles and Substack post titles.
Many universities, organizations, and institutions recommend title case formatting for your research paper title page. Check out our Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Your Research Paper Title Page Format for more information to help you navigate this confusing and complex issue.
See our articles When Should I Use Title Case? and Title Case vs Sentence Case for a simple explanation of the differences between sentence case and title case, and which you should use in each situation. Our Comprehensive Guide to Proper Noun Capitalization can help clear up any doubts you have about capitalizing nouns in sentence case.
Title case makes headlines and titles stand out and command attention. It quickly helps the reader identify important words and concepts in the title, improving comprehension, hooking them in, and increasing engagement.
Proper use of title case can have a huge impact not only on the readability of your articles but can also play a key role in improving SEO performance.
Using TitleFormat, you can convert text into title case with almost zero effort. Here's how it works:
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If you'd like to understand how to convert text to title case manually, check out our article How to Convert Text to Title Case.
The bad news is that there is no universally accepted set of rules for headline capitalization. Instead, there are 8 commonly used style guides which each have their own interpretation of which words should be capitalized in a title.
These 8 style guides are:
These guides almost universally agree when it comes to the following rules:
However, there is significant disagreement when it comes to capitalization of adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and to in infinitives. Let's dive into the similarities and differences between each of the major style guides. You may also want to refer to our article, Title Case Rules for further details.
AMA style is used in scientific and medical fields and as such aims to be clear and concise. As a result of its scientific origins, it contains rules for naming of species and other scientific terms that some other style guides to not cover. The AMA has the following title capitalization rules:
AP style was created by Associated Press journalists and is used in many aspects of the media industry including news, magazines, marketing and PR. AP Stylebook has the following title capitalization rules:
APA (American Psychological Association) style is commonly used for research papers, scientific journals and textbooks in many scientific and academic fields, but especially the behavioral and social sciences. APA style has the following rules:
Bluebook is used primarily in the legal field. Bluebook specifies the following title case rules:
Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) is one of the most widely used style guides in publishing, media, and social sciences. Chicago has the following rules:
The Modern Language Association (MLA) handbook is a style guide frequently used in education and adademic articles and journals, especially within the humanities. MLA style adopts the following rules:
NY Times Manual of Style and Usage was originally developed as a reference for the newspaper's contributors. But over time has been more widely adopted throughout the news and media industry. It has some subtle variations from some of the other style guides and generally has more exceptions, requiring the writer to take care when implementing its guidelines. NY Times style has the following capitalization rules:
Wikipedia Manual of Style is the official set of rules to be used on Wikipedia, one of the world's largest websites. Wikipedia has the following rules governing title case capitalization:
Instead of following one specific style guide, or expecting you to know which rules to choose for formatting your headline, based on many years experience writing and editing content online, we cherrypicked a set of rules which make most sense in most situations, especially when formatting titles for blogs, articles, newsletters and other non-academic online content.
The rules are simple and result in consistency. For example, in some style guides, the word like would be capitalized when used as an adjective, conjunction, noun, or verb but lowercased when used as a preposition. This might make sense gramatically, but from the reader's perspective it can appear inconsistent.
For this reason, our title case tool treats words the same, irrespective of the way in which they are being used.
TitleFormat applies the following rules:
It can be easier to understand the differences between title case and sentence case with some simple examples.
|Snakes on a plane
|Snakes on a Plane
|Lord of the rings
|Lord of the Rings
|The subtle art of not giving a f*ck
|The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
|Six habits of deeply miserable people
|Six Habits of Deeply Miserable People
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