Italics and Titles

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The general rule is to use italics on book titles, album titles and publication names for a web document or when you are using a word processing tool. If it is something handwritten you should underline it instead of using italics. Longer works are italicized while shorter works like song titles or an article from a magazine are put in quotes and are not italicized.

Here are some italics examples: Other works that are generally italicized include movies, television shows, plays, scientific species names, paintings and works of art. Shorter works that get quotation marks include chapter titles, television episode titles, chapter titles, short poems and short stories. An article Walden University lists a number of other things italics are appropriate for according to the APA Manual.

Websites and Italics

Should you italicize websites like Google or Twitter? You will find different approaches to using italics for websites in documents. We do not italicize websites on Writers Write. Websites are italicized in a citation (MLA style, 8th edition) with the webpage name in quotes. As the Purdue OWL notes it is important to be consistent with your use of italics and underlining.

Italics in Citations

There are also rules for using italics in citations. They can vary depending on whether you are using MLA, APA, Chicago, or another style. Here are a few resources for style guide italics rules as well as a link to our citation generators resource page: