Posts related to capitalization
Are scientific laws, theories, and terms capitalized?
Scientific laws, theories, and terms are lowercased except when preceded by a proper adjective. Read More
In the ninth edition of the MLA Handbook, why are names of seasons styled lowercase in works-cited-list entries?
The ninth edition of the MLA Handbook aims for stylistic consistency in prose and works-cited-list entries. Since seasons are styled lowercase in prose (e.g., My favorite seasons… Read More
Is the particle al- or el- at the start of an Arabic last name capitalized in a works-cited-list entry?
In general, no. The MLA’s guidance on Dutch particles applies to Arabic last names prefixed by al- and el- except that al- and el- are… Read More
How should I style the names of Chinese dynasties in MLA style?
The MLA follows the guidance given in The Chicago Manual of Style for capitalization. The manual lowercases names of eras (“Descriptive Designations”), so when styling the… Read More