NLS homeOther DocumentsCreating An Annotation >  Style-titles

Creating An Annotation

Step backwards Previous   Contents    Next Move forwards

Style and Presenation


The title page is the authority for words and spelling; the Chicago Manual of Style is the authority for style (presentation). In some cases, treatments are NLS practice.

The purpose is a consistent look-as far as possible-for publications and information to patrons. Cataloging rules are different.

Capitals—initial letters only

Note: Length is not a criterion; some verbs are very short. Watch especially for is, are, was, and were.

Lower case

Note: The preposition is sometimes part of verb form and is treated as a verb.

Living Through Mourning: Finding Hope and Comfort When a Loved One Has Diedthrough is part of the verb; note the change of meaning when it is treated as a preposition.

Punctuation and ampersands

Punctuation follows Chicago style; change the form of the title-page where needed.


Use Chicago style: write out numbers through one hundred; write out all numbers if first word of text. Figures are retained for numbers that are part of proper names, such as names of ships or projects. (See the section on Dates and time text style for other usages.)


Years are always expressed in figures.

1939: In the Shadow of the War

The Great Depression: An Inquiry into the Causes, Course, and Consequences of the Worldwide Depression of the 1930s, as Seen by Contemporaries and in the Light of History (not Nineteen Thirties)

Titles within titles


Occasionally rules for capitalization and punctuation should be violated if the original usage is an integral part of the title.



Re: Thinking—How to Succeed by Learning How to Think (The colon is part of the title punctuation; therefore, dashes indicate the subtitle, which has an initial capital.)

Move backwards Previous   Contents   Next Move forwards to

Library of Congress Home      NLS Home     Comments about NLS to [email protected]     About this site      Legal     Comments about this site to the NLS Reference Section

Posted on 2014-12-02