The title of a work is usually taken from the title page of the publication. 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. Avoid using single or double quotation marks at the beginning or end of a title.
Italicize the titles of shorter publications, such as labels, signs, posters, and bumper stickers. Do not use quotation marks at the beginning or end of a title unless it is a quoted phrase or word. For example, write "Presidential elections" instead of ""'Mr. President' wants to see you right away."
Titles are used on many documents, especially abstracts and bibliographies. Write them in English accurately and completely. Some examples: article, anthology, biography, dictionary, encyclopedia, essay, fiction book, magazine, novel, poem, review, serialization, and study. Avoid using abbreviations or acronyms for titles, because they are difficult to recognize once they are printed in black type on white paper.
Titles can also be used on websites to describe sections, posts, blogs, etc. Examples: about, contact, help, home, privacy, sitemap, site map, spam filter, terms of service, and visitor.
In contrast, underline the title of a short publication, such as a newspaper article, blog post, or email.
It's recommended to use italics for long titles because this will not change their appearance in search results. However, if your site contains a lot of shorter titles, it may be more readable to use underlines instead. There are two reasons why using underlines is better for visibility: first, because they break up the text on the page and make reading easier; second, because some people have problems with italics (especially computers). Underlining also gives you more space for other information on the page so you don't need to worry about scrolling down the page to see all the details.
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. At times, titles may contain other titles. For example, Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds contains the following sentence: "A bird told me that my nose looks like a pear."
Here are some other examples:
"The Godfather" is a 1972 American crime drama film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It is based on Mario Puzo's novel of the same name. The film won three Oscars at the 45th Academy Awards ceremony held in March 1973.
James Bond books and films are among the most popular series of novels and movies in the world. The official title of each story is followed by the name of the author et cetera. For example, the first book in the series is simply called "Quantum of Solace". There is no subtitle or short title to indicate its plot or characters. However, other than the main character, named after the British Secret Service agent, there is a lot about the book that you can guess from its cover. Quantum of Solace is also available as an audiobook read by Daniel Craig.
The Scarlet Letter, published in 1869, is a novel by American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne.
In academic writing, the title of a book, essay, or other work appears in italics at the beginning of each paragraph. The purpose of putting the title in italics is so that the reader does not have to constantly go back to find out who is being discussed or quoted. Academic publishers require that the title be in italics because it is considered important information for readers.
In general industry publications, the title of a report, statement, or other document is included at the beginning of each paragraph. It is not necessary to include any punctuation or capitalization beyond what is required by the style guide of the publication. Titles should be written in sentence case with no abbreviations used. They may be one or two words long.
In presentations, the title appears on slide 1 with the rest of the presentation. When someone reads the title, they know which section of the talk to listen to/read next. This makes sure that everyone is paying attention to the same thing at the same time.
Titles can be helpful tools for attracting readers' attention and keeping their interest during writing processes.
If the source is self-contained and independent, italicize the title. This tells readers that what follows is a brief summary of the cited material.
Source titles in MLA format are italicized or surrounded by quotation marks:
The requirements for putting quote marks around titles differ depending on the style guide you choose. Long titles, such as novels, movies, or record albums, should be italicized in general. For the names of shorter pieces of work, such as poems, essays, book chapters, songs, TV programs, and so on, use quote marks. Whether your quotation is part of a larger piece of writing or not, it's important to mark off each section of the title with a closing punctuation mark.
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 "Beowulf". Punctuation depends on whether the title is included in the text or not.