Individual short story and poetry titles are surrounded by quotation marks. Italicize the titles of short story and poetry anthologies. Otherwise, treat them as any other word.
For example, Andre Dubus's short tale "The Intruder" appears in his book Dancing After Hours.
Short stories and poems should be labeled on separate pages with their title and author's name printed in capital letters and enclosed in quotation marks. For example: "THE GHOST OF CHUCK BERRY"; ORSON SCOTT CARD.
It is also acceptable to label poems with their first line number and short stories with their main character's name. For example: "CHARLIE BROWN - 1".
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, Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" would not need quotation marks around it.
Without quotation marks, the title of a short story is understood to be the entire work. For example, if there was a movie called "Charlie and Mary", then the title would refer to this film, not the novel it was based on.
However, in practice, only authors who want to make sure that their readers understand that the title is not the whole work use quotation marks. Otherwise, they are merely decorative and do not change the meaning of the title.
Shorter works' titles (e.g., articles, songs, poems, and short tales) are surrounded by quotation marks: "Title." Longer works' titles (e.g., novels, journals, albums, and movies) are italicized: Title. In both cases, the ending punctuation is a full stop.
For movie titles, use the same rules as for other books or articles. The title of the film should be placed within quotation marks, to distinguish it from the rest of the text. The title should be spelled correctly. Include the year of production if possible.
Example: "Casablanca" (1942) or "Casa-lango" or "Kasablanik".
Movie titles can be difficult to write because they need to be short and catchy yet also tell readers something about the film. They cannot contain obscenities or generally offensive words. Readers may not know what to make of a film with a strange name so they need some indication of what the film is about. This could be provided by including an overview of the plot within the title itself.
For example, here are two examples of movie titles: "I Want! I Have! That's My Line!" and "A Man About Town".
These titles give away nothing about the films themselves but simply state what the films are about.
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...
Titles of magazines, journals, and similar publications should be set in small capital letters.
Book titles are usually given on the front cover as well as on subsequent pages. If you are not sure how to punctuate a book's title, see below for some examples. The final sentence is only used when the book is written by one author and published under one title.
When writing a book title, it is important to be accurate and clear. It is also useful to keep in mind the design of the page you are formatting. On printed books, the title should appear in a centered column on two-column pages, with at least five points of space between each word. On onesided pages, such as electronic books, the title should appear alone on a separate line. In both cases, the title should never run off the edge of the page.
If the name of the book series is italicized, titles of volumes that create a greater body of work may be put in quotation marks. For example: "The Iliad" and "A Tale of Two Cities".
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 longer stories known as "novellas" fall into a murky area; some people italicize the titles, while others use quotation marks. The style guide for your publishing house or magazine may help here.