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Capitalization

Writers will sometimes capitalize words that do not need capitalization. You should capitalize words at the beginning of the sentence and proper nouns (names of people and places). If a noun is part of a proper name, then it should be capitalized. Otherwise, use lower case (i.e. small letters).

  • Incorrect: I went to the Baseball field to play with friends.
  • Correct: I went to the baseball field to play with my friends Mark and Aisha.
  • Incorrect: I will use the Attachment Theory to explain deviant behaviour.
  • Correct: I will use attachment theory to explain deviant behaviour.
    [Attachment theory is a term not a title]
  • Incorrect: I am studying Canadian History in the Department of History at the University in Kingston.
  • Correct: I am studying Canadian history in the Department of History at the university in Kingston.
  • Correct: I am studying Canadian history in the history department at Queen’s University in Kingston.
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