Consult a dictionary
to determine the normal capitalization for most words. For a list
of dictionaries, see Reference Works. Check company websites to determine how the company capitalizes its name and names of its products.
For information on specific capitalization schemes, see the following sections:
Capitalize proper nouns (personal names, geographical names, organizations, etc.). However, many terms that are derived from or associated with proper nouns are not capitalized. See The Chicago Manual of Style for more detailed information.
President A. B. Cee of XYZ Corporation
but A. B. Cee, president of XYZ Corporation
English standard units
but plaster of paris
U.S. Department of Defense
but executive branch of the federal government
The official names of departments, projects, and programs should be capitalized appropriately.
University and National Laboratory Programs department
Partnering for Total Quality program
Point-of-Use Ultrapure Water Monitoring project
Capitalize the first letter of the first word and other significant words in a title. Do not capitalize the following:
In a hyphenated compound, capitalize the word after the hyphenate. Exception: Do not capitalize "based."
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Physical Vapor Deposition of Metals
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