Southeast Missouri State University

Composition Titles

  1. Titles of books should have quotation marks around them on all references. Principal words in a title should be capitalized. Articles such as the, a, an or words with fewer than four letters should be capitalized if they are the first or last words in a title.
    • ie. “Of Mice and Men” is a literary classic.
    • ie. “Against All Enemies” is a New York Times best seller.
    • The only composition titles that should not include quotation marks are the Bible and books that are mainly catalogs of reference materials, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, etc.
  2. Put quotation marks around song titles, play titles, titles of lectures and speeches,
    television programs and movie titles.
    • ie. Selections on the concert program will include “Fantasia in G,” “Folk Song
      Suite,” “Irish Tune from County Derry,” “Shepherd’s Hey” and “First Suite in
      E flat, Opus 28, No. 1.”