Italics are used for long works, car names, and movie and television program titles. Quotation marks are used to denote portions of a text, such as chapter titles, magazine articles, poetry, and short tales. Both techniques are used to draw attention to specific words in the text.
If the source is self-contained and independent, italicize the title. Italicized book, play, film, magazines, databases, and online titles are italicized. If the source is part of a larger work, put the title in quotation marks. Articles, articles, chapters, poems, websites, songs, and speeches are all surrounded by quote marks. Titles should be included if they help identify the material or indicate its importance.
In general, use lowercase for titles unless they are proper names that should be capitalized. Use full stops (periods) after short titles or when they are used as paragraph breaks. Short titles may also be called tags or labels.
Titles can be helpful in identifying sources and sometimes use in searches too. However, not all publishers use titles the same way so check with your teacher or library staff before quoting or referring to them in essays.
Italicize the titles of longer publications, such as books, magazines, databases, and websites. Titles published in longer works, such as articles, essays, chapters, poetry, Web pages, songs, and speeches, should be surrounded by quote marks. The words "a title," "the title," and "a called-for title" are all used to indicate that what follows is a title.
Movies, television series, plays, scientific species names, paintings, and works of art are also commonly italicized. Chapter titles, television episode titles, chapter titles, brief poems, and short tales are examples of shorter works that use quote marks. Full-length novels are normally set in all-capitals style, but some authors may choose to have certain characters' names appear in italics (e.g. Shakespeare used this convention).
Italicization is used for emphasis or to distinguish words that are otherwise identical in size and position on the page. It's often unnecessary, as readers recognize easily which words are important enough to be capitalized.
The decision to capitalize or not to capitalize a word depends on many factors: the author's intention, the type of work being produced, the design of the book or article, etc. Generally, if a word is important enough to be capitalized, then it is also important enough to be italicized. However, there are exceptions; for example, "Shakespeare" is a name while "Shakespearean" is a term. Names of people, places, and things cannot be emphasized by capitalizing only their first letter; for example, "George Washington" and "Washington, D.C." are both proper names that should be typed in full, while "Mr. Washington" and "Washington DC" are abbreviations that should be treated as terms.
Long titles, such as novels, movies, or record albums, should be italicized in general. Poems, essays, book chapters, music, and television shows should all have their titles in quote marks. It's a good idea to follow standard practice; if it's not done this way, it can confuse readers.
Full-text titles, such as books or newspapers, should be italicized. Short work titles, such as poems, essays, short tales, or chapters, should be surrounded by quotation marks. If the name of the book series is italicized, titles of books that are part of a larger body of work may be put in quotation marks. For example: "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey".
Italics are generally used to signify titles and names of certain works or items, allowing that title or name to stand out from the surrounding language. Italics can be employed for emphasis in writing, but only on rare occasions. The most common reason for using italics is to distinguish a poem or other piece of writing from its commentary or analysis.
Poems written in italics are used because they were first written as prose. When written as prose, each line of a poem follows the normal rules of English syntax, so it makes sense to use italics instead of quotes or parentheses to indicate where one line ends and the next begins.
There are two main types of poems: sonnets and limericks. Both are composed of lines of eight syllables, with a regular rhyme scheme used to maintain consistency throughout the poem. However, while sonnets follow a specific pattern, limericks do not. This difference is important to note when comparing poems written in italics with others that are not.
Also, remember to write poetry like you talk - plain and simple. Using complicated vocabulary or obscure references will only confuse readers who are not familiar with these words.
Preferably, both styles are used for the same title.