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Any work long enough to be published alone is put in italics. If you're typing your essay, italicize your words. If you’re handwriting the words, underline them instead. Shorter works or parts of longer works are enclosed in quotation marks.
To indicate the title of a LONG work or something that could stand alone (not as part of something else) Examples: titles of books, novels, plays, long poems, periodicals, operas, ballets, named symphonies, newspapers, sculptures, paintings, television programs, ships, planes, and spacecraft are in italics
To indicate the title of a SHORT work or something that is PART of another work. Examples: single poems, articles, short stories, chapters, titles of songs, and so on
Religious works like The Bible or The Koran Buildings such as The Empire State Building Monuments like The Statue of Liberty Government documents such as The Declaration of Independence People’s names (even famous people) These don’t need any type of punctuation, but always be sure to capitalize correctly!
Italics/UnderlineQuotation Marks Book TitleChapter in Book Magazine TitleArticle in Magazine/Newspaper/Book Newspaper TitleEssay Album TitleSong on Album AnthologyPoem Television Show TitleEpisode Title
Looking for Alaska is one of my favorite books! I wrote an essay called Stem Cell Research. I could not believe Miley Cyrus’ performance of Wrecking Ball on the MTV Video Music Awards. I can’t wait to see the new movie What If in theatres soon.
What is the difference between italics vs. underlining? When should you use each? Give a basic rule for using italics or underlining in titles. What is the basic rule for quotation marks in titles? When should you leave words naked?
Cool Kids (song) Romeo and Juliet (play) Skyfall (movie) The Raven (poem) To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) The Scarlet Ibis (Short Story) Resisted (a chapter in the novel The Host)
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