The UVic Writer's Guide
- The first word of every sentence.
- People's names (unless you are writing about e.e. cummings, k.d. lang or
- monica schraefel).
- Names of races, countries, languages and religions (Jewish, Canada, Serbo-Croatian, Islam).
- The names of businesses, organizations, buildings and places (Big Ed's Gas Farm, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Calhoun Memorial
Hospital, Spirit Lake). Articles and prepositions need not be capitalized.
- All important words in titles, and minor words if they come at
the beginning or the end (The Silence of the Lambs, War and Peace, Of Mice and Men) .
- Words like government, university, prime minister, but only if you are referring to a specific case: "The University
has raised tuition fees again; it seems that universities are
increasingly relying on students to finance their own education."
Do not capitalize:
- Directions, unless you are referring to a specific area (the East Side, but east of here).
- The seasons.
- After a colon, unless a quotation, title or other regularly capitalized
- A common noun that derives from a proper noun (china).
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