Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is “title case” and when should I use it?
A. When using MLA style, the titles of books, journals, magazines, newspapers, movies, TV shows, web sites, and albums are italicized. Items contained in those objects, such as essays, chapters, articles, scenes, episodes, web pages, and songs, are enclosed in italics.

For title case, the first letter of most words in the sentence will be capitalized. Words that are capitalized include the first and last word in a title, the word after a colon, nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, and subordinating conjunctions. Words not capitalized include articles, prepositions, the “to” in infinitives, and coordinating conjunctions.

Q. What the heck is a subordinating conjunction?
A. A subordinating clause is a word used to link a subordinate or dependent clause to the main clause. If you really want more details, you can find them on many grammar websites, but examples include because, where, whether, while, than, that, if, once, since, until, before, and so forth.

Q. And what about a coordinating conjunction?
A. These words join two words, phrases, or independent clauses of equal importance. And, good news, there are only seven of them: And, but, for, nor, or, so, and yet.

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