When writing the titles of publications, capitalize the principal words, including all verbs and prepositions and conjunctions of four or more letters. Also capitalize articles (a, an, the) or words of fewer than four letters if they appear at the beginning or end of a title. Quotes in headlines should be denoted with single quotation marks.

Examples: A Farewell to Arms, When We Were Young, The Return of the Jedi. Leslie Moonves to Bucknell Grads: 'When Change Comes, Embrace It'

The University Editorial Style Guide differs from the AP in writing titles of composition. Bucknell places the titles of complete works in italics. These include:

  • Albums
  • Books
  • Computer and video games
  • Court cases
  • Dissertations
  • Exhibitions
  • Full-length plays
  • Magazines
  • Movies
  • Musical works such as operas and musicals
  • Newspapers*
  • Online news outlets (e.g., The Huffington Post, Politico, Salon)
  • Ships and airplane names (e.g. the Titanic, USS Enterprise)
  • Scientific names
  • Spacecrafts
  • Television and radio shows
  • Trains
  • Works of art
  • Works that include sections, such as anthologies or collections

*When writing the names of newspapers, capitalize and italicize The if it is part of the newspaper's name.

Examples: The New York Times, the St. Petersburg Times, The Washington Post, The Bucknellian.

Sections of longer works and certain other titles should be placed in quotation marks, including:

  • Articles
  • Book chapters
  • Essays
  • Lectures
  • Presentations
  • Poems
  • Songs and musical compositions
  • Speeches
  • Television show episodes
  • Work that is included in an anthology or collection  

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