When to use capitals in a reference?
Capitalisation of book titles.
There are two systems for capitalising book titles: maximal capitalisation and minimal capitalisation. Either system can be used for book titles, however, it is important that the same system be used throughout a text.
The first letters of all the words in a title are capitalised except articles (unless these articles are the first word of a title) such as the, a, in, of. Subtitles (after a colon) are similarly treated.
Instructional Design in Technical Areas
Remembering: A Study in Experimental and Social Psychology
A History of Spanish Literature
Apart from the first letter of the first word, no words in the title are capitalised unless those words would normally bare a capital. Only the first letter of the first word in a sub title is capitalised.
Instructional design in technical areas
Remembering: A study in experimental and social psychology
A history of Spanish literature
Capitalisation of article titles & chapter titles.
The titles and subtitles of articles in journals or chapter titles from books are given minimal capitalisation and are enclosed in single quotation marks.
'The theory of learning by doing'
'The magical number seven: Still magic after all these years'
Capitalisation of journal titles & periodical titles.
The titles and subtitles of articles in journals or chapter titles from books are given maximal capitalisation (apart from any proceeding articles such as the or a).
Journal of Educational Psychology
the New Scientist
the Financial Review
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