Posts related to capitalization
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
How do I create a vertical list in which each item includes a quoted fragment and a complete sentence?
Follow the guidelines on how to create a vertical list. Since the quotes are fragments, you may lowercase them. Either a colon or a period… Read More
Why are internal capital letters retained in titles of websites in MLA style?
When special typography is strongly associated with a brand, we retain it (e.g., SoundCloud, YouTube). The Chicago Manual of Style supports this practice, advising, “[N]ames that… Read More