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Editorial Styleguide

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Capitalize the first and last word of the title along with all verbs, nouns and principal words: A Dog Named Spot. Capitalize all prepositions and conjunctions in a title that consist of four or more letters: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; The House That Jack Built.

Italicize titles of books, plays, artworks, television shows, radio shows, movies, journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, long poems published as books, and gallery and museum exhibitions: The Star-Spangled Banner, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, Gone With the Wind, NBC's Today show, the CBS Evening News, the prime-time sitcom Friends.

Do not italicize shorter works, such as magazine articles and lectures; instead, set these off in quotation marks.

The Bible and books that are primarily catalogs of reference material are capitalized only (no quote marks or italics). This category includes almanacs, directories, dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks and similar publications.

Translate a foreign title into English unless the work is known to the American public by its foreign name.


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