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Capitalization tips

Always capitalize

  • the first word in the sentence.
  • the first word after a colon that begins a complete sentence.
  • major words in titles of books and articles.
  • all proper nouns, names of departments, trade and brand names.
  • nouns preceding a number, example: Day 2, Trial 3, etc.
  • exact names of paper or test titles

Do not capitalize

  • names of laws, theories, models, procedures, and hypotheses.
  • standard pagination titles such as page, row, and columns.
  • generic or shortened names of paper or test titles.

Reference: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association


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Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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