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Notes on Capitalization of Titles in MLA 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 Click here for a list of common prepositions 
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)


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