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Introduction to "The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation": Title

Quick References

Periodical Titles
General Rules.........................R16.3
Capitalization Rules.....................R8

Typeface Conventions

Title in italics regardless of placement.


This guide is currently being updated to reflect the recent changes made in The Bluebook (20th edition). Please be aware that pages containing this notice may contain out-of-date information.

General Rules for Periodical Titles

Cite the full  title as it appears on the title page in italics. Other general rules are given below:

Abbreviations/Omissions - Do not abbreviate words or omit articles in the title.

Capitalization - Capitalize words in a title, including the first word and any word that immediately follows a colon. Do not capitalize articles, conjunctions, or prepositions if four letters or fewer. (See Rule 8).

Title Abbreviations

No abbreviation is appropriate for periodical titles. Cite title in full.


Words that are italicized in the original title should be written in regular typeface.

If the title is not in English, refer to Rule 20.2.2(b)