Use the title case converter to convert the case of your titles and headlines with AP, APA, Chicago, and MLA styles. Also convert to UPPERCASE, lowercase, and more.

Using the Title Case Converter

  1. Select a title case style such as AP, APA, Chicago, or MLA from the tabs above.
  2. Type or paste your headline / title in the text box.
  3. Your title will be automatically capitalized.
  4. You can copy your capitalized headline or title by pressing ENTER or by clicking the copy button.Case Converter Options

You have multiple options to capitalize your titles, headlines, and email subjects. Below is a description of each.

What Is Title Case?

Title case is a style of title capitalization where certain words are lowercase and certain words are uppercase. This is in contrast to sentence case where only the first word in a sentence is capitalized. All major style guides have rules for title case in their style.

In general, the following capitalization rules apply across the four major styles (AP, APA, MLA, Chicago) in title case:

  • Capitalize the first word in the title
  • Capitalize the last word in the title
  • Capitalize the important words (adjectives, adverbs, nouns, pronouns, subordinating conjunctions, verbs) in the title

Title Case Rules by Style

Chicago Manual of Style Capitalization Rules

The Chicago Manual of Style is one of the more common title case capitalization methods in journalism. The title case capitalization rules are as follows:

  1. Capitalize the first and the last word.
  2. Capitalize nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and subordinate conjunctions.
  3. Lowercase articles (a, an, the), coordinating conjunctions, and prepositions.
  4. Lowercase the ‘to’ in an infinitive (I want to play guitar).

APA Title Case Capitalization Rules

The APA style guide is generally used for scholarly articles and the following capitalization rules apply:

  1. Capitalize the first word of the title and subheadings
  2. Capitalize all major words (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns)
  3. Capitalize the second part of hyphenated words (e.g., Self-Report not Self-report)
  4. Capitalize all words of four letters or more.

MLA Style Capitalization Rules

Making sure you have the right capitalization for MLA headings is crucial for scholarly articles. The following rules apply to MLA headings:

  1. Capitalize the first word of the title/heading and of any subtitle/subheading
  2. Capitalize all major words (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns) in the title/heading, including the second part of hyphenated major words (e.g., Self-Report not Self-report)
  3. Capitalize all words of four letters or more.

AP Style Capitalization Rules

AP (Associated Press) Style is commonly used by writers and journalists and the rules are as follows:

  1. Capitalize words with three or more letters.
  2. Capitalize the first and the last word.
  3. Capitalize nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and subordinate conjunctions.
  4. Lowercase articles (a, an, the), coordinating conjunctions, and prepositions.
  5. Lowercase the ‘to’ in an infinitive (I want to play guitar).

NY Times Style Capitalization Rules

NY Times style capitalization is mainly used by writers for the NY Times but is also used widely throughout journalism. The capitalization rules are as follows:

  1. Capitalize major words, e.g. nouns, pronouns, verbs.
  2. Capitalize the first and the last word.
  3. Capitalize nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and subordinate conjunctions.
  4. Lowercase articles (a, an, the), coordinating conjunctions, and prepositions.

Wikipedia Style Title Case Rules

Wikipedia also has their own style guide for titles and headlines. Their title case rules are:

  1. Capitalize major words, e.g. nouns, pronouns, verbs.
  2. Capitalize the first and the last word.
  3. Capitalize nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and subordinate conjunctions.
  4. Lowercase indefinite and definite articles (a, an, the), coordinating conjunctions, and prepositions.
  5. Prepositions that contain five letters or more.
  6. The word “to” in infinitives.

Capitalize My Title is a dynamic title capitalization tool used to make sure your titles or headlines use proper capitalization rules according to various style guides include APA, AP, MLA, and Chicago. It also counts your words and checks for grammar issues.
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