• Capitalize words that name one particular thing, most often a person or place, rather than a general type or group of things.
• Names that need capitals are like legal titles that identify a specific thing.
• For example, you can take a course in history (a word not capitalized because it is a general field of study) offered by a particular department with a specific name, that is, the History Department at your school.
• The name of that specific department is capitalized.
• However, if you take a course in French, French is capitalized because it is the name of a specific language.
• Listed here are categories of words that should be capitalized.
• If you are not sure about a particular word, check your dictionary.