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Capitalization

Capitalize:

  • The first letter of the first word in a sentence
  • "I"
  • Proper nouns
  • Titles that appear before a person's name

For more information and other examples of words that should be capitalized, please refer to The OWL at Purdue: Capital Letters.

APA re: capitalization

See pages 101-104 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2010) for rules regarding capitalization.

Capitalization in quotations

According to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2010), “the first letter of the first word in a quotation maybe changed to an uppercase or a lowercase letter” without the author providing any explanation of the change (p. 172). Therefore, if you place a quotation into your work that begins with a capital in the original document but the start of the quotation will be in the middle of your sentence, you can change the initial capital to a lowercase letter to ensure correct capitalization within your sentence.

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