Depending on the type of research paper you are writing, there are particular writing style rules you must follow. For instance, papers in the social sciences field are typically written using the American Psychological Association (APA) style, while arts and humanities papers often use the Modern Language Association (MLA) style guide. However, when referencing company names, the rules are standard. You must properly capitalize and include abbreviation if necessary.
Look up the name of the company you need to reference by going to the company's website, or by using another credible reference, such as an employee's business card or the company letterhead. These are some of the best ways you can obtain the company's full name and make sure it is accurate.
Write out the full name of the company, capitalizing each word that is part of the name.
Spell out the full company name, even if you want to use an acronym. On first reference, spell out the company name, followed by the acronym in parentheses, such as American Psychological Association (APA). You can use the acronym on second reference. If the company name is an acronym, leave it as is (e.g. ESPN).
- Capitalize “the” at the beginning of the name only if it is part of the company's name, as in The Walt Disney Company.
- Lowercase short prepositions that are part of the company name, such as “and.”
- Include the word “company” only if it is part of the name.
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