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I'm writing my thesis and it has many figures in it.

I was wondering when I should use upper case and when do I need to use lower case in the caption.

For example:

Figure 23: Lateral moment vs Time

or

Figure 23: Lateral Moment vs Time

or

Figure 23: Lateral moment vs time.

If there are any guidelines that would really help.

Thank you.

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  • It's something of a style issue -- whether the caption should be treated as a "headline" or not. – Hot Licks Jun 14 at 21:08
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This might be covered in the style guide you are following; that is, the style guide of which your chosen system of referencing is a part.

For example, in The Chicago Manual of Style, captions should be capitalized in "sentence style", meaning "only the first word in a title, the first word in a subtitle, and any proper names are capitalized". See section 3 in the manual.

Figure 23: Lateral moment vs time.

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