Ever wonder what the most common title capitalization questions were? I took the top searched title capitalization questions from Google using keyword research and have answered them below.

Top Questions


Do you capitalize hyphenated words in a title?

Hyphenated words are complicated and depend on which style you are using.

Using The Chicago Manual of Style:

  1. Always capitalize the first element.
  2. Capitalize any subsequent elements unless they are articles, prepositions, coordinating conjunctions
  3. If the first element is merely a prefix or combining form that could not stand by itself as a word (anti, pre, etc.), do not capitalize the second element unless it is a proper noun or proper adjective.
  4. Capitalize the second element in a hyphenated spelled-out number (twenty-one or twenty-first, etc.) or hyphenated simple fraction (two-thirds in two-thirds majority).

Source: http://alcts.ala.org/ccdablog/?tag=chicago-manual-of-style

Using APA:

  1. Capitalize the first and second element of a hyphenated phrase

Do you capitalize “internet” in a title?

When referring to the Internet as a proper noun (ie you are referring to the World Wide Web), then Internet should be capitalized. If you are referring to a general network of computers, then you can use the lowercase internet. Most of the time, Internet will be capitalized. Learn more about this on-going debate here.

However, you should always follow the standard title capitalization rules for capitalizing titles.


Do you capitalize nouns in a title?

Generally, you should capitalize all nouns in a sentence if you are using title case (Chicago, APA, AP). However, if you are using sentence case in APA, you should only capitalize the first word in a sentence and only proper nouns ¹.


Do you capitalize days of the week in a title?

The short answer is yes. You should capitalize all days of the week (Monday, Tuesday, etc), months (August, September, etc.), and holidays (Christmas, Halloween, etc.).

Thanksgiving in November, Christmas in December, and New Years in January: North America has a lot of winter holidays.

Your birthday is in March, right?

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Do you capitalize “the” in a title?

No. The word “the” is always lowercased in all title capitalization styles unless it is the first or last word in a sentence.


Do you capitalize “university” in a title?

When the word is referred to generically, “university” is not capitalized. When used as a proper noun, such as “Florida State University,” the word is capitalized.

The Florida State University offense could use some work this year.

The board of the university elected the new president.

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Do you capitalize “it” in a title?

Generally, you should capitalize the word “it” when using title case (Chicago, APA, AP). However, if you are using sentence case in APA, you should only capitalize “it” if it is the first word in the sentence.


Do you capitalize “with” in a title?

The word “with” should always be lowercase in a title unless it is the first or last word in a sentence.


Do you capitalize “you” in a title?

Generally, you should capitalize the word “you” when using title case (Chicago, APA, AP). However, if you are using sentence case in APA, you should only capitalize “you” if it is the first word in the sentence.


Do you capitalize “world” in a title?

Generally, you should capitalize the word “world” when using title case (Chicago, APA, AP). However, if you are using sentence case in APA, you should only capitalize “world” if it is the first word in the sentence or is part of name (such as “World Wide Web” or “World Wildlife Federation”).


Do you capitalize “is” in a title?

Generally, you should capitalize the word “is” when using title case (Chicago, APA, AP). However, if you are using sentence case in APA, you should only capitalize “is” if it is the first word in the sentence.


Do you capitalize “in” in a title?

The word “in” is always lowercase unless it is the first or last word in a sentence.