Capitalizing Words in the Titles of Publications

Capitalizing Words in the Titles of Publications

Elsewhere on this site we have addressed two other issues involving capitalization: knowing when to capitalize people’s positions and job titles and recognizing when a noun is common, not proper, and therefore should not be capitalized. This article focuses on knowing...
Bulleted (aka Vertical) Lists

Bulleted (aka Vertical) Lists

Hardly a week goes by that we are not asked a question about vertical lists (often referred to as bulleted lists): When are bullets more appropriate than numbers or letters in a vertical list? What do we mean when we say that the items in a list must be parallel? How...
Characters and Symbols Not on Keyboards

Characters and Symbols Not on Keyboards

Our word processing software and enhanced keyboards can work magic, especially in regard to inserting characters and symbols that aren’t on our Roman alphabet keyboards. Lawyers and legal secretaries must type a section symbol in legal citations, whereas bankers...
Titles of Works: Italics or Quotation Marks?

Titles of Works: Italics or Quotation Marks?

When we refer to the title of a work, how do we know whether to use italics or quotation marks? Italics for Works That Stand Alone With some exceptions, most style books tell us to use italics when we write the title of a work that stands alone as a single entity....
Quotation Marks and Punctuation: Inside or Outside?

Quotation Marks and Punctuation: Inside or Outside?

With the possible exception of the Oxford/Harvard/serial comma, very few usage issues elicit responses as passionate as the topic of punctuating with quotation marks. American vs. British Conventions If I were in charge of writing the rules about the use of quotation...