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Italicize titles of books and periodicals. However, in running text, don’t capitalize titles of periodicals, such as newspapers.
- I read War and Peace over summer break.
- I read the Boston Globe every morning.
In titles, follow Chicago Manual of Style for headlines with one exception. While Chicago says all prepositions in headlines should be set in lowercase regardless of length, Columbia Business School capitalizes prepositions in headlines if the preposition is at least four letters:
- How to Have Meaningful Relationships With Friends and Family—Note that CBS style says to capitalize “with”
- How to Graduate From Business School in Two Years—Note that CBS style calls for capitalizing “From.”
Exception: A short preposition that is construed to be part of the verb that precedes it should also be capped.
Speeding Up the Process
Do not cap “to” in an infinitive.
Going To War
Learning to Walk
The second part of a hyphenated compound is usually capitalized in a title.
- Technology in Eighteenth-Century Mexico
Titles of articles, chapters, and other shorter works are set in roman and enclosed in quotation marks.
- Professor Joseph Stiglitz’s article, “Trump and Globalization,” published in the Journal of Policy Modeling
Titles of departmental publications may be capitalized, but not italicized or set in quotes
- The CMC’s annual Employment Report
- The Report to Investors
- Reunion Guide
Capitalization is generally not used when referring to collateral pieces.
- The Annual Dinner program
Networks, websites, and blogs are capitalized but not italicized.
- CNN, CNN.com
- The Street
Names of conferences and panel sessions are capitalized, but not set in italics or quotes.
- Professor Smith led the panel Managing Global Change at the Pan-European Forum.
- The Women in Business conference (Here if “conference” is part of the official name it can be capped.)
Descriptive modifiers are not capitalized unless they are part of the title of the conference.
- The third annual Tamer Center Awards Breakfast
Annual Dinner is capitalized, as is “the Dinner” when referring to the event; however in general, event names are capitalized only when referring to the formal name of the event.
- The Tamer Center Awards Breakfast, but, the breakfast
- The Pan-European Forum, but, the forum
Reunion or Reunion 2019 (for example) is capitalized when referring to the name of the event, but not as an adjective. “Reunion weekend” is not an official name, so weekend is not capitalized.
- You’re invited to Reunion 2018
- reunion-year alumni
University Commencement and the MBA Recognition Ceremony are capitalized, even when referred to as Commencement and Recognition.