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The following are based upon the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2010).

Capitalize the following:

  • The first word of every new sentence
  • The first word after a colon that begins a new sentence
  • Major words in a title (conjunctions, articles, and short prepositions are not to be capitalized, but all words greater than or equal to four letters should be capitalized)
  • Major words in table titles and legends
  • Proper names (names of people, brands, locations, departments, etc.)

Exceptions to the rules:

  • The rules for capitalizing a title differ for the reference list (ie. don’t capitalize every word of a title in the reference list)