Mid-Atlantic Popular &
American Culture Association

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Style guide

The Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association recommends individuals consult their preferred style guide (MLA, APA, or Chicago/Turabian) for the specifics of disciplinary standards, but offers the following guide for its members to use for abstract submissions.


Use italics (entered in Markdown by placing a single asterisk (*) before and after a word or phrase) for books, journals, magazines, newspapers, plays, movies, albums/CDs, long poems, and television program titles. Do not use underlines.

Quotation Marks

Use double quotation marks for book chapters, articles, songs, short poems, short films, and individual episodes of a television program.

Of course, you should also use double quotation marks for actual quotations.

Use single quotation marks for words or phrases that appear within quotation marks of the original text of a double quotation marked quotation.

To Double Space After Your Period or Not

While we recognize that many still prefer to double-space after a sentence ending period, MAPACA would prefer that you do not. While this is in part an aesthetic standard, it is also because Markdown, the language of the MAPACA website, recognizes two spaces as a line break, or soft return.


“Title Case” capitalization should be used for all titles. Capitalize the first word and all other words aside from most prepositions, articles, and conjunctions. Do not place your titles in quotation marks. Do not use ALL CAPS for your title or your name.

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