Individual short story and poetry titles are surrounded by quotation marks. Italicize the titles of short story and poetry anthologies. For example, Andre Dubus's short tale "The Intruder" appears in his book Dancing After Hours. Therefore, it is appropriate to cite this work by italicizing its title.
Do not italicize the titles of novels.
The titles of individual short stories and poems go in quotation marks. The titles of short story and poetry collections should be italicized. This can get a little tricky when authors title their collection after a story within that collection. For example, "A Tale of Two Cities" would not be italicized because it is not a collection of separate stories.
In academic essays, the title of the essay or article should be set in italics. The title page should indicate whether the author has assigned a title to the piece; if they have, it should be used instead of setting off the text with quotation marks.
Short answer: Yes, in an academic paper.
As for longer works, such as novels, plays, and memoirs, this depends on the author's preference. Many authors choose to use italics to emphasize certain words in their work, so yes, these items would be italicized.
However, there are other factors to take into account as well. For example, if the work in question has multiple stories or elements within it, then each part would require its own quotation mark. So, yes, in this case, short story titles would also be set in italics.
For the names of poetry in poems and short stories, use quotation marks. Alternatively, use italics to make poetry titles. Different poetry styles are termed differently. Use quote marks for shorter poetry, but italics for lengthier ones. For example: "Dover Beach" is a long poem while "A Modest Proposal" is short.
For your information, here are the different types of poetry:
Sonnet - a sonnet has 14 lines with three quatrains (four-line segments) and a final rhyming couplet. The term sonnet comes from the Italian word sonata which means "instrumental piece". Therefore, a sonnet is a musical composition written in fourteen lines consisting of four parts: an opening line, a second line, a third line, and a closing line. Each part contains two balanced units of metrical values - tercets (three-line stanzas) - that form the basis of the whole poem.
Ballade - a ballade has 12 lines with three stanzas of four lines each. The last line of every stanza differs only in length.
Long and brief play titles are typically italicized. The titles of poetry and short works of fiction are usually surrounded by quotation marks. Long poems, short films, and the long stories known as "novellas" fall into a murky area; some people italicize the titles, while others use quotation marks. The style varies from writer to writer or publisher to publisher.
The short answer is yes, you should always italicize short film titles.
This is because they are not books or magazines but rather labels attached to plastic or cardboard containers that hold the movies. Thus, they are treated like movie showtimes, which are always listed in italics.
This is different from writing about books or articles written about films, which is not considered standard practice. However, if you want to be consistent, then italicizing their titles will ensure that they are not used as words for normal sentences.
Full-text titles, such as books or newspapers, should be italicized. Poems, articles, short tales, and chapters should have their titles in quotation marks. Titles that are names of people, places, or things do not need to be italicized.
Titles of films, songs, and exhibitions should generally be left unthemed.
Book titles should be italicized or underlined. Depending on what it is, refer to the work as a novel, tale, essay, memoir, or poem. Use the author's surname in subsequent references to him or her.