University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh
Writing Style Manual

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MAGAZINES

Capitalize and italicize titles of magazines. Capitalize and italicize an initial the in the title of a magazine if it is part of the official name of the publication. Refer to the News Media Yellow Book to determine whether the word the is an official part of the publication’s title. See CM15 8.167, CM14 7.127, and Capitalization and Titles (Other) sections.)

MAJORS

See Courses, Classes, Majors section.

MONEY

See Numbers section.

MONTHS*

Spell out the names of months.

(Also see Dates section.)

MUSICAL COMPOSITIONS AND TERMS

Titles of operas, long works, and CDs are italicized. Titles of songs and short compositions are placed in quotation marks. See CM15 8.202–5 or CM14 7.149–7.53 and Table 6.1 for terms. (Also see Capitalization, Titles (Other), CD, and Songs sections.)

  • We saw an amazing performance of Don Giovanni in Italy last year.
  • “Piano Man” was her favorite song on Billy Joel’s CD Greatest Hits.

*News exceptions, see Appendix 6.