Any work long enough to be published alone is put in italics



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Any work long enough to be published alone is put in italics.

  • 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)

To indicate the title of a SHORT work or something that is PART of another work.

  • 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

  • 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/Underline
  • Quotation Marks
  • Book Title
  • Chapter in Book
  • Magazine Title
  • Article in Magazine/Newspaper/Book
  • Newspaper Title
  • Essay
  • Album Title
  • Anthology
  • Poem
  • Television Show Title
  • Episode Title

Looking for Alaska is one of my favorite books!

  • 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?

  • 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)

  • 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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