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    Default I need help with capitalization in titles.

    More specifically in music artist's names and song titles. I'm building a personal database of music and I needed help as to which words to capitalize.
    Examples:
    Ace of Base - All That She Wants
    Animals - House of the Rising Sun
    Chris Isaak - Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing
    Coldplay - Easy to Please
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Mary Jane's Last Dance
    Do I have those correct? Any websites that could help me as to which words I should not capitalize in titles?

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    Default Re: I need help with capitalization in titles.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mixus7
    More specifically in music artist's names and song titles. I'm building a personal database of music and I needed help as to which words to capitalize.
    Examples:
    Ace of Base - All That She Wants
    Animals - House of the Rising Sun
    Chris Isaak - Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing
    Coldplay - Easy to Please
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Mary Jane's Last Dance
    Do I have those correct? Any websites that could help me as to which words I should not capitalize in titles?
    I'd say all of your are correct. Here is a list of rules from the Chicago Manual of style. As noted, the biggest area of disagreement is with prepositions of 5 or more letters. Some put all prepositions in lower case; others capitalize those of 5 or more letters.

    NIVA follows the general rules for capitalizing words in document titles set out in The Chicago Manual of Style (with one minor exception—see the note in rule 3):

    1. Always capitalize the first and the last word.
    2. Capitalize all nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and subordinate conjunctions ("as", "because", "although").
    3. Lowercase all articles, coordinate conjunctions ("and", "or", "nor"), and prepositions regardless of length, when they are other than the first or last word. (Note: NIVA prefers to capitalize prepositions of five characters or more ("after", "among", "between").)
    4. Lowercase the "to" in an infinitive.


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