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 Lord of the Rings" is a series of fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien.
For works written by more than one author, make sure to include the names of each writer on the title page (or elsewhere in the document) with their respective titles in quotation marks. For example: "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" written by Lewis Carroll; "Huckleberry Finn" written by Mark Twain.
Books written by an individual author but which are not solo efforts ("a novel by Jane Austen") need to be cited in the text with proper attribution. This would look like this: "A new novel by Jane Austen here! It's called 'Pride and Prejudice', about a young woman who suffers greatly because she cannot choose between two suitors."
Books that change something (transform someone into something else) usually involve a hero, heroine, or character who changes personally or professionally. These books are often labeled as "chick lit" or "men's fiction".
Long titles, such as novels, movies, or record albums, should be italicized in general. Poems, articles, book chapters, songs, TV episodes, and other shorter works should be titled using quotation marks. This indicates that the work is a collection of words instead of a single sentence.
There are two ways to include a quotation in text: directly inside quotes ("The sky is blue," said John), or with backslashes before and after it (\". The sky is blue.", i.e., "The sky is blue."). If your software does not support backslash escapes, then you must type the double quotation mark character within the quotation marks.
Book titles are special cases. They usually contain multiple terms, separated by periods. Thus, a book title would look like this: "John Doe's Book About Rome." Although it is acceptable to leave out the word "the" when referring to a specific book ("...a book about Rome..."), it is not acceptable to leave out the word "a" when referring to all books ("...all his books about Rome..."). Even if there are only two books in the entire world with those exact titles, it is incorrect to use punctuation in lieu of the word "a"; thus, "...a book about Rome..." is correct, but "...punctuation instead of a!" is not.
Poems, essays, book chapters, music, and television shows should all have their titles in quote marks.
In American English, the rule is to place a pair of quotation marks around a title if it contains words that are also found within the text itself. For example, "The Great Gatsby" requires double quotation marks because it includes the word "Gatsby," which appears in the text. On the other hand, "High School Confidential" uses only single quotation marks because it is not a complete sentence.
In British English, the rule is different. There, too, you should enclose a book's title in quotation marks if it contains words that also appear in the work itself. For example, "Great Expectations" would be appropriate for a novel by Charles Dickens. However, "I Love Lucy" needs no quotation marks because it is not a book but a television show.
As with most things in writing, there are exceptions to this rule. If you are using an online dictionary to look up a word that also appears in the title, then you do not need to include it within quotation marks.
The requirements for putting quote marks around titles differ depending on the style guide you choose.
In English-language newspapers, magazines, and journals, the standard practice is to put the title in quotation marks, even if it is one word. This is because articles often include short excerpts from larger works, and the publisher wants readers to know that these are not independent sentences but part of the original work.
So, a movie's title would look like this: "Good Fellas".
Italicizes the titles of books, plays, films, magazines, databases, and websites. 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 can sometimes contain additional titles. For example, "The Lord of the Rings" is the name of at least three novels written by different authors. When writing the title of a song, avoid using single or double quotes.
You can also use bold to highlight words in a title. This is often done when quoting from a text document or an article.
How do you format the title of a movie? The title of a movie is usually made up of two parts: a subtitle and then any additional subtitles if there are more than one. Subtitles can be found near the beginning of a film or on television programs. They explain the story or setting before each segment. On movies for television, they usually appear at the bottom of the screen during opening credits.
Subtitles can also be found at the end of a film or after every segment. These are often referred to as closing credits. They cover the crew members who worked on the film and any financial information about its production company.
Finally, titles can be found within films themselves. These are called scene titles.
When typing, book names should always be italicized, as should the titles of any full-length works. Shorter works, such as poetry or short tales, should have their titles in quote marks. If your essay is handwritten, you should only underline the titles of full-length works (italics aren't a choice). If your essay is computer-generated, underlining is an option.
Book titles should never be capitalized unless they are proper nouns (such as John Doe's autobiography), nor should they be italicized unless they are part of a quotation or excerpt (e.g., "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald).
Underlining book titles is a common practice that many editors and proofreaders find distracting. While some publishers require this treatment, others don't. If yours does, then you should probably follow suit. Otherwise, you might want to consider why you're highlighting parts of the text when it comes to book titles. Is your audience going to be able to understand which parts are relevant? If not, then perhaps you should focus on making the text more accessible instead of emphasizing certain words/phrases.