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Notes on Capitalization of Titles in Chicago Style

The general rule for capitalization is to capitalize the first, last, and all major words in the title.  

The following parts of speech and sentence components are NOT capitalized:

Component

Examples

Articles

Both definite (the) and indefinite articles (a, an).
Prepositions in, on, of, over, etc.
Coordinating Conjunctions and, but, for, yet, so, or, nor
to when used in infinitives (to go, to see)

Several examples of capitalization of titles are given on the citation examples pages for each individual type of source.  

(Dodds 262-263)

For titles in foreign languages, capitalization follows the convention of the language. (Chicago Manual of Style 541)


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