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Titles of Books, Plays, Articles, etc.: Underline? Italics? Quotation Marks?
Prior to computers, people were taught to underline titles of books and
plays and to surround chapters, articles, songs, and other shorter works in
quotation marks. However, here is what The Chicago Manual of Style
says: When quoted in text or listed in a bibliography, titles of books,
journals, plays, and other freestanding works are italicized; titles of
articles, chapters, and other shorter works are set in roman and enclosed
in quotation marks.
Below are some examples to help you:
Example: We read A Separate Peace in class. (title of a book)
Example: That Time magazine article, “Your Brain on
Drugs,” was fascinating.
Note that the word “magazine” was not italicized because that
is not part of the actual name of the publication.
Example: His article, “Death by Dessert,” appeared in The New York Times Magazine.
Note that the and magazine are both capitalized and set
off because the name of the publication is The New York Times Magazine.
Newspapers, which follow The Associated Press Stylebook, have
their own sets of rules because italics cannot be sent through AP
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