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 computers.
Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2008, at 2:33 am
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Title of a television series? Italics. (p. 28)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Created by Joss Whedon, performance by Sarah Michelle Gellar,
Mutant Enemy, 1997-2003.
Episode of a television series? Quotation marks. (p. 28)
"Hush." Buffy the Vampire Slayer, created by Joss Whedon, performance by Sarah
Michelle Gellar, season 4, episode 10, Mutant Enemy, 1999.
A web site? Italics. (p. 28)
Hollmichel, Stefanie. So Many Books. 2003-13, somanybooksblog.com.
A posting or an article at a web site? Quotation marks. (p. 28)
Hollmichel, Stefanie. "The Reading Brain: Differences between Digital and Print." So Many
Books, 25 Apr. 2013, somanybooksblog.com/2013/04/25/
A song or other piece of music on an album? Quotation marks. (p. 28)
Beyoncé. "Pretty Hurts."Beyoncé, Parkwood Entertainment, 2013,