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Why Use Italics and Quotation Marks in Titles?
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The reason for punctuating a title that occurs in a body of prose is to set it off and to identify it as a title. When the title of an article or an essay appears over the article, its position is sufficient to identify it as the title. There are also a couple of specialized uses for italics with titles. The titles of book-length works that are published separately are italicized. This includes books, full-length plays, if published separately, and long poems, if published separately: One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Death of a Salesman. The titles of works that include shorter works are italicized. This includes anthologies and collections of songs, poems, short stories, short plays, and essays. So, italics and quotation marks make a title stand out. Should you set off a title with italics or should you set it off with quotation marks?

Well, there are rules for that. Each of the style guides have their own rules when it comes to formatting titles, although many overlap. All formats except APA recommend that the following titles should be placed in quotation marks:. These shorter works are simply formatted in regular type. There are certain titles of things that all style guides agree should not be in italics or quotation marks. These titles should always be set in regular type:.

Italicizing is easy to do on the computer, but not practical when you are hand writing something. Publisher, Year of Publication. Six Characters in Search of an Author.

Plays will often be included in a multivolume work or anthology. If you are citing a specific play that is included in an anthology, the anthology name should be included in italics after the play title. In addition, the pages the play appears on within the anthology should be included after the year of publication. Here's an example of an anthology citation:. To include a play found online your reference list, you will replace the publisher information with the name and date of the Web page on which you found the play.

Also note the source format as "Web. Format your citation as follows:. Name of Web page. Name of website, last date Web page was updated. Date you accessed Web page. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, n. Jon Zamboni began writing professionally in

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When writing an essay do you underline a title of a documentary? There are several methods to indicate that a collection of words is a title. They are, in order of preference.

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Jan 04,  · The titles of essays are enclosed in quotation marks. 6. The title of a longer work that would be italicized if it were published separately (e.g., Paradise Lost or a play) would be enclosed in quotation marks if the work is included in a longer collection or anthology.

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Titles of works. The titles of certain works are indicated with quotation marks, others with italics, and yet others with regular type. The style presented here is consistent with The Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.) and the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.), and is appropriate for most academic and professional writing. Newspapers tend to favor quotation marks in place of italics for . For titles of written or musical works that are published within other works use double quotations; underline or italicize names of works published by themselves: ex. I just read the short story "Looking for Jake" in China Miéville's anthology of the same name, Looking for Jake. ex. Beckett's play Waiting for Godot will be performed next season.

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In writing the titles of newspapers, do not italicize the word the, even when it is part of the title (the New York Times), and do not italicize the name of the city in which the newspaper is published unless that name is part of the title: the Hartford Courant, but the London Times. When you quote or reference a play in your writing, you place a reference on this page to give the information of the book or anthology in which you found the play. Your reference will include the name of the author, the play title, the publication information, and the format in which it was found.