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. Avoid using single or double quotation marks at the beginning of a sentence; instead, leave some space above and below the title and center it within the space provided.
Full-text titles, such as books or newspapers, should be italicized. Poems, articles, short tales, and chapters should have their titles in quotation marks. 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 "The Odyssey".
Title case (initializing all the letters of the alphabet with an uppercase letter) is used for formal documents such as names, headings, and abstracts.
The easiest way to create a chapter title is by using the Chapter button on the Format toolbar. Alternatively, you can type a chapter title directly into the text. When you type a chapter title, Word automatically adds a heading to indicate that this is a chapter.
To change the case of a word, select it and click one of the drop-down buttons on the Standard toolbar. Or, if you're working with more than one word, press the Alt key to add a leading period after each word you want to change case.
Chapter titles are different from other titles because they are not boldfaced, nor do they include any special characters such as punctuation marks or spaces. However, they can include links to web pages where further information can be found.
Titles are usually styled with upper-case letters, although some publishers use lower-case titles for novels, magazines, and other full-length works. Titles should not contain spaces, but rather be written in sentence case.
Styling titles can be difficult because they appear at the beginning of sentences. Therefore, they need to be given special attention when writing.
Poems, articles, short tales, and chapters should have their titles in quotation marks... So, for example, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" would be appropriate for a brief biography or history of American literature, but not for a full-length novel.
Titles of shorter works (e.g., articles, songs, poems, short stories) are placed in quotation marks: "Title." Titles of longer works (e.g., books, journals, albums, movies) are italicized: title. The word title is always capitalized.
Chicago style also requires that each work have one unambiguous title. Thus, although many books are called "The Catcher in the Rye" and some recordings are called "Smoke Two cigarettes Stand Here Talking with My Friends", only one of these works is entitled "The Catcher in the Rye" or "Smoke Two Cigarettes Stand Here Talking with My Friends".
The most common way of writing film titles in Chicago style is to use the words "a" or "the": "A Streetcar Named Desire", "a Fish Called Wanda". But you can also use the phrase "with a subtitle", where a subtitle is any additional sentence that explains something about the movie or its characters: "With a Subtitle About Love".
There are two types of films in existence: feature length and short.
In general and linguistically, place titles of lesser works in quote marks, but italicize titles of lengthier works. For example, enclose a "song title" in quotation marks but italicize the album title.
However, this is not always the case. Some artists and publishers prefer that titles be enclosed in quotes, even if they are song titles. This is particularly common with artists who write their own songs.
For example, the Beatles' catalogue consists mostly of song titles, none of which are longer than 15 characters. However, some albums have titles containing more than one word, such as The Beatles (1961). These titles are usually enclosed in quotes.
Similarly, music publishers often use quotes to indicate a song title even if it is only one word long. For example, "Hey Jude" is a single by the Beatles, so it has an italicized title. But "I Want to Hold Your Hand" is a single by Harry Belafonte, so it does not have an italicized title.
And even if a title contains multiple words, quotes may or may not be used depending on how the artist or publisher wants it to look. For example, Bob Dylan's debut album, Bob Dylan, does not have any song titles that are quoted.
Large work titles should be italicized (books, movies). Put quote marks around the titles of minor works (poems, articles). The restrictions are obvious for some types of media, such as book titles. Others, such as YouTube videos, are a touch fuzzier. If it's possible to read the title out loud, then it's a book title.
Media that cannot be quoted directly, such as songs or exhibitions, need additional information to identify them by name. This is usually done with an abbreviation or numeric reference. For example, "The Beatles have one thing in common: they all love London". See also: How do you refer to a song without naming it?
Abbreviations are often used when there is no space available for full titles on their own. For example, the Smithsonian Institution makes short subjects called "exhibits" instead of long ones called "Smithson exhibits".
Numbers are also used for songs, movies, and other works whose names are too long to fit on one side of a record or film reel. For example, "Number 9½ from the Pink Panther movie" indicates which track on an LP record the listener or viewer should listen to or view next. Numbers can also be used to distinguish different copies of the same work; for example, "This is copy number five" would indicate that this is the fifth copy made.