Work titles should be italicized (books, magazines, newspapers, movies, plays, and CDs). For shorter works, use quote marks (book chapters, articles, poems, and songs). You will occasionally find yourself trapped and unsure of what punctuation to use. In this case, follow the guidance of a good editor.
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 may contain other titles at times. For example, a chapter title or section heading is called a sub-title.
Here are some examples of how titles are used in books: "The Scarlet Letter", "Ulysses", "Finnegans Wake" "A Tale of Two Cities", "Pride and Prejudice", "Sense and Sensibility".
Titles can be helpful in identifying what kind of book it is. For example, "A History of Books" would be the title of a book about books. "Books v. movies: which is better?" might be the title of a book that compares and contrasts these different kinds of media. Or it could be the title of a book review site where people post their reviews of books.
Titles can also be useful when looking up information about books. For example, if you wanted to find out more about "A History of Books", you could search Google for "A History of Books author biography". The title is helpful here because it provides a clue as to who wrote the book and when.
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".
For novels, set titles should be centered and printed in caps. Screen titles should be left-justified and non-printing characters should be used to center them. See also: How do you style a copyediting title page?
Titles can be styled in many ways, but to highlight their importance they should not be omitted from the text. They may be in boldface, underline, or both. They may be colored like other text or set in a different color. Use whatever method is easiest for your reader to see and understand.
If the source is self-contained and independent, italicize the title.
For example: "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" or "My Life With Andy Warhol".
Magazines that are part of a series have their titles written in lowercase with each issue number following immediately after the period (for example, "American Heritage Dictionary"). Magazines that don't have an issue number but are published monthly have their title written in lowercase without an initial period followed by a sentence fragment indicating what month they should be read in (for example, "Food & Wine").
Books that are part of a series have their titles written in lowercase with each chapter number following immediately after the period (for example, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"). Books that don't have a chapter number but are divided into sections have their title written in lowercase without an initial period followed by a word indicating how many sections there are (for example, "My Life With Andy Warhol").
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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".
Both practices are common in English-language publications.
Chapter titles, especially in works of fiction, are usually not italicized. However, they may be if this makes the book more accessible to readers who are unfamiliar with academic conventions. In that case, the chapter titles should be placed in boldface type.
A subtitle is used to provide additional information about the topic of the book. They are often included at the beginning of each chapter but can also appear at the end of the book. Subtitles commonly give the main ideas of the book, explain different parts of the text, or list other resources for the reader. Examples of subtitles include: "an overview of history", "the anatomy of a crime", "key facts about animals".
Subtitles can be included in the page headers and footers; however, they are most commonly found at the beginning of each chapter. If you want to use a subtitle in the page header, place it inside curly brackets "" and use the default color for body text. You can find out how to change these colors later in this tutorial.
The requirements for putting quote marks around titles differ depending on the style guide you choose. For the names of shorter pieces of work, such as poems, essays, book chapters, songs, TV programs, and so on, use quote marks. Whether you use single or double quotes depends on which part of speech the title is: if it's a noun, then use double; if it's a verb, then use single.