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The question mark is not italicize here. Also, do not italicize the apostrophe-s which creates the possessive of a title: Titles Generally, we italicize the titles of things that can stand by themselves.

Thus we differentiate between the titles of novels and journals, say, and the titles of poems, short stories, articles, and episodes for television shows. The titles of these shorter pieces would be surrounded with double quotation marks. In writing the titles of newspapers, do not italicize the word the , even when it is part of the title the New York Times , and do not italicize the name of the city in which the newspaper is published unless that name is part of the title: We do not italicize the titles of long sacred works: Nor do we italicize the titles of books of the Bible: Genesis, Revelation, 1 Corinthians.

When an exclamation mark or question mark is part of a title, make sure that that mark is italicized along with the title,. Do not add an additional period to end such sentences. If the end mark is not part of the title, but is added to indicate a question or exclamation, do not italicize that mark. We don't italicize names of vehicles that are brand names: It is important not to overdo the use of italics to emphasize words. After a while, it loses its effect and the language starts to sound like something out of a comic book.

Frequently, mimetically produced sounds are also accompanied by exclamation marks. An Introduction We use italics characters set in type that slants to the right and underlining to distinguish certain words from others within the text. Other titles that we would italicize include the following: Lincoln's Gettysburg Address , Washington's Second Inaugural Address when that is the actual title of the speech Long Poems that are extensive enough to appear in a book by themselves: When an exclamation mark or question mark is part of a title, make sure that that mark is italicized along with the title, My favorite book is Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

Seuss's Oh, the Places You'll Go! Did you enjoy Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain? Eisenhower Don't italicize the U. Pinafore Don't italicize the H. Is the title, Drivers Guide, grammatically acceptable? Specifically, does it need an apostrophe? The title of your handbook should be italicized. Regarding the apostrophe, the Chicago Manual of Style 7. Hi, Jane, About titles of books and quotation marks, what is the style for famous works such as the I Ching, Analects of Confucius, Baghavad Gita, and so on?.

Names of manuscript collections take no quotation marks. When writing the title of a book with a subtitle on the same line and the subtitle begins with an article a, the, an, etc , is the article capitalized?

A Memoir of Two Fathers. A space follows the colon. The subtitle, like the title, always begins with a capital letter. Thanks so much for all of the great detail here! What about the title of a monthly newsletter? When I refer to the newsletter on my website or in other articles, I have been using italics for the title.

If the newsletter is going to contain more than one article and it will be broken down in article-like sections, you should italicize the title. We were able to find the following excerpt from The History of Dance: An Interactive Arts Approach: The names of ballets and modern dance works are printed in italics, such as Swan Lake. I am working on revisions to the Facilities Use Policy for my church and would like to know if this title should be italicized, in quotes, or capitalized when referenced in the text of the policy or elsewhere.

In the policy I also refer to other documents, e. What about the different sections of the policy? Legal documents and forms should not have quotation marks or italics but should be capitalized. In writing a letter to patients and reference the Liver Transplant Waitng List. Should this be capitalized? How do I capitalize the title of a book.

Capitalize other words within titles, including the short verb forms Is, Are, and Be. Since the word it is a pronoun, capitalize that as well. Also, our blog Titles of Books, Plays, Articles, etc. What about in a novel, a title as part of the dialogue? Do you italicize the name of a book?

Yes, the title is italicized. What if the name of a book is a part of my own book report title? Will I need to italicize the name of the book in my title? Thanks for any help. How should I construct a title for a event shown in a picture. I want to convey the time period, locally, state, and event name. There are no punctuation rules that specifically relate to titles.

It is used for periods of time when you might otherwise use to. Since your question is not clearly stated, I will take a guess and answer it the best we can. The answer depends on what kind of program it is. Plays and television programs are italicized. If it is a class or course of study, it should not be underlined or italicized, but it should be capitalized.

Brochures or pamphlets should be treated like book titles and italicized. Since it is a title, it should be capitalized. If this is a meeting or conference, it should be enclosed in quotation marks. If not, an article belongs in quotation marks. If it is a quotation, use single quotation marks around the title of the article.

Italics are not used for the title of an article in either case. If you are writing a book with a question as the title, do you punctuate title? For instance, if the book is titled Who is George Washington by John Doe, on the title page, would it be correct to write:. Thank you for your help! Simile used in different situation has different effect. I want to ask two questions: In other words, am I right if I write like this? Your first sentence is not grammatically correct.

It could be written Similes used in different situations have different effects. Your second sentence is incomplete as written. Your last sentence is correct as written. Similes used in different situations have different effects. We assume you will be adding at least one more simile in order to illustrate different situations and effects.

Thanks for your advice. Your advice is really useful. I think I will consult your website another time. The names of websites are not placed in quotation marks or italics. You may use italics and quotes throughout an article as outlined in our blog Titles of Books, Plays, Articles, etc.: Regarding other words, the answer is very much up to the author.

For a good example of how an author chose a mixture of quotation marks and italics, see our blog Word Nerds: Verbal custodians trapped in a time warp.

Whether you continue to italicize a word or not depends on the context. If you continue to use the word in the same context, you should continue to place it in italics.

There is no hard and fast answer to this. I have a title for an academic thesis with a foreign term right in the middle of it. Everything will be in caps. WHat to do about the foreign terms, italics or not? We do not know why your title would be in all caps, but in regard to foreign terms The Chicago Manual of Style 7. If a foreign word becomes familiar through repeated use throughout a work, it need be italicized only on its first occurrence.

If it appears only rarely, however, italics may be retained. In American English, the title of an article is enclosed in quotation marks. If the chapter has a title at the beginning, you may put it in quotation marks or italicize it, but your use of single quotation marks is incorrect.

So glad I just discovered your blog. I am citing a publication op-ed piece that ends with quotation marks: In case it matters, I am citing according to the Bluebook for legal citation. The Chicago Manual of Style recommends italicizing the names of newspapers. You may want to consult The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation for their rule on this.

When ending a sentence with quotation marks around one word, is the period inside the quotation mark? In American English the period and the comma always go within the quotation marks.

The dash, the semicolon, the question mark and the exclamation point go within the quotation marks when they apply to the quoted matter only. Your sentences are punctuated correctly. Is it proper to put thoughts in italics or quotation marks? Direct internal dialogue can either be italicized or enclosed in quotation marks. Our blog Internal Dialogue: OR Please let this child graduate , she contemplates. Should a title of a book be italicized when it is following a quoted paragraph from the book, for the purpose of introducing an article?

In other words this is not running text nor is it a quotation set off within the text; rather, it appears as an extract before the beginning of the article.

None of which are currently italicized. Thanks for your help! Since it is not running text, you may wish to treat your paragraph the way you would an epigraph. The following are two examples of epigraphs from The Chicago Manual of Style: Oh, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive! It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice. R and grammar are incorrect and rude. Please folks, if you have not yet taken college level English to learn to argue or even a high school debate class, please do so. I have always placed the punctuation inside the quotation marks; any other application looks awkward to me. Thank you all very much. I enjoy the discussion. Although we certainly appreciate our readers visiting our Facebook page, we do not make it a requirement.

I have been going through the various posts looking for the answer to my question, but alas, have not found it. An ode to envy. An Ode to Envy. Reports can follow different formats, such as MLA or Chicago style. It is important to find out which format is required for the report you are doing. For example, in MLA format, the title of a website is italicized when you are citing it. Chicago Manual of Style says no italics.

They both agree on putting a website article in quotation marks. Other information may also be required. Jane is right—no matter what you say, and, yes, I agree: Now that we have digital means of adapting language, it is beneficial to evolve it more logically.

There is no need for typesetter rules, nor any other conventions that were a result of technological limitations, or stylings.

I personally, and logically use the following method: The same logic that is used with parenthesis. You will be at home in countries that follow British English rules. American English, however, still requires that periods and commas always go inside the closing quotation mark. Thank you for this wonderful site and all of your great work! Speaking as a paranoid grammar geek, it is comforting to have a place to which one can turn for insight and affirmation. Please know that you provide an invaluable service, regardless of what some rather snarky readers might post!

We do not give recommendations for titles of books. However, we do advise that you read and study our rules of capitalization and punctuation. When you do decide on a title, italicize it. Jane, Does the length of a stageplay affect how it is formatted in text?

In specific, when one is referring to a one-act play, should it be italicized or placed in quotes in the same way that a longer stageplay would be? When using punctuation after an italicized title, am I correct in NOT italicizing the punctuation? Did you enjoy the book Sheila the Great? Italics do not include punctuation marks next to the words being italicized unless those punctuation marks are part of the actual title.

Am I correct in thinking that periods are not used in titles if the title is just a sentence fragment? There may be options for how the title may be written, but since you did not provide an example of what you are talking about, we are unable to say for sure. Why do newspapers put movie and book titles in quotes? Is this different for newswriting?

As our blog states, most newspapers follow The Associated Press Stylebook , which has its own rules because italics cannot be sent through AP computers. In addition to catalogs, this category includes almanacs, directories, dictionaries, encyclopedias, gazetteers, handbooks and similar publications.

Do not use quotation marks around such software titles as WordPerfect or Windows. Those packets that kids get in school and all. Rules for titles of packets of information are not specifically mentioned by the style guides. Here are two examples:. They needed something outside of them to hold them in place.

Since the blocks for quotation marks were full height, they could do the job. Oh, now I see someone has already provided a variation of my typesetting origin for end punctuation of quotations. Sorry for the redundancy. Frankly, I think size makes more sense than fragility though.

When referring to parts of a work, you do not need to use any special punctuation unless the part has a title. If it has a title, use quotation marks. Please refer to Chapter 6 for more information. You first have to determine what kind of title it is.

Italicize titles of books, movies, plays, TV shows, newspapers, magazines, websites, music albums, operas, musical theater, paintings, sculptures, and other works of art. Italics are also widely used with names of ships, trains, and planes. Use quotation marks for titles of articles, chapters, poems, song titles, and other shorter works. How would you write a name of an event that is not a familiar event to the reader? If the event sounds straightforward and generic, capitals would seem sufficient: But if the event has a more personalized, playful, or fanciful name, quotation marks may be a good option: Hi there, Is it within the rules of AP Style to italicize the name of a band?

Or is the name simply capitalized? For example, one quote reads:. The above quote is actually being paraphrased and is from a book. Is there some way to imply the author relationship to the remark using quotation marks and still indicate it is paraphrased? Is the book title italicized or underlined? Quotation marks are not used for paraphrased quotes. A book title is italicized. Which of the following is correct?

Robert Frost — poet. In American English, periods and commas are placed inside quotation marks see Rule 3a of Quotation Marks. Semicolons should not be used in your final example, since the titles in your series do not contain commas see Rule 3 of Semicolons. How shall I punctuate a book title that appears in an italicized paragraph? Titles appearing within an italicized passage may be enclosed in quotation marks or written in roman type.

Does a theme for a church program go in quotation marks? Our new theme, The Anatomy of Discipleship, looks naked without quotation marks. Therefore, you could use quotation marks or maybe italics in a written announcement. Unless the affirmation is a direct quote, direct internal dialogue, or a title, there is no rule prescribing the use of quotation marks. Ok, then based on your description of Direct Internal Dialogue from another post: The affirmation would go in quotes if it is being attributed to a specific speaker.

Can I make a phrase stated by someone a title? And how do I capitalize it? We think you forgot the word star at the end of your quote. Our blogs Capitalizing Composition Titles: The Lowdown and Part II give more information regarding the capitalization of titles. Could you tell me why does The New Yorker sets in roman and encloses in quotation marks the title of a book called Handbook of Economic Inequality here? It seems that the editors of The New Yorker favor placing book titles in quotation marks rather than italics as recommended in our blog.

Otherwise, they appear to be consistent with our recommendations to place the names of journals in italics and articles and reports in quotation marks.

We are not expert in the subject matter of the article, but the Luxembourg Income Study appears to have been ongoing since Since they were not quoting any one specific book or report from the study, it was not placed in either quotation marks or italics.

Thank you so much for your kind and detailed reply! The New Yorker does have a particular house style, it is known for it, in fact, but I believe that the reason they put book titles in quotation is The Associated Press Stylebook , and not some preference invented by themselves.

The New Yorker marches to the beat of its own drummer. It is fruitless to second-guess its long-standing policies. When using AP Style Citations for books and you cannot italicize, does one use an underscore on the front and back ends of a title or is there another way of idetifying italics? I presume that it gets typeset like this, inside quotation marks?

How are translations properly typeset? Quotation marks need not be repeated for the parenthetical translation or parenthetical original, as the case may be ; any internal quotation marks, however, should be included as in the second example. I have a thorny question related to listing titles and names in a series. Which would be more desirable, when considering punctuation: Carol-Ann Redford, Voice Narration: Voice Narration, Sandra James: I prefer 2 as it treats each title and associated name as a unit, followed by a colon indicating another list to follow.

What do you think? We recommend the following, which is close to your second option. Note our use of semicolons and our lowercasing of job descriptions. What happens with the names of programs and offers, such as for example of particular programs of a philharmonic orchestra, e.

The Modern Beethoven, or tourist-agency offers such as Cities of Europe? Quotation marks, italics, or none of those? Kern Holoman, Writing about Music. Phyllis Bourque June 13, states: I live in South Africa and prefer the comma after the quotation mark because it is not part of the quotation. Our blog Quotations Within Quotations provides more information on the topic of quotations within quotations.

Your sentence does not seem to be an example of a quotation within a quotation. The title of the book is A Tale of Two Cities. We recommend writing your quote as follows:. For articles that contain punctuation marks e.

How would that be quoted within a sentence. How do I put a reference to the Mayflower Compact in my essay? I am trying to say It began in with the Mayflower Compact and ended in …. The formal name of a document should be capitalized, however it is not italicized or set in quotation marks. You have written it correctly. As we state in the post, titles of books are italicized. Underlining generally substitutes for italics in a handwritten work.

If the work is not handwritten, we do not recommend underlining. Which is correct or better to use in these examples? I, myself came from a much different set of rules including proper grammar and speech, so it irritates me when they respond in such a manner.

In the process; unless someone has a rather important job; many have all but forgotten the benefits of speaking or writing well. We need to bring that back; even if it means we cross-reference the answer to our questions using more than just one source. Where does the comma go? The last one should go inside the quotation marks. The title of a book at the end of a sentence. Should quotation marks go before or after quotation: We recommend that book titles be italicized.

If you must use quotation marks, the exclamation point goes outside the quotation marks unless the exclamation point is actually part of the title. What about references to both a chapter number and its title in text, what would correct punctuation and use of quotation marks be?

What about thesis titles in italics placed after colons? Can you tell me what is the correct solution? Questions, how do punctuate this: The above is an article heading. Do I need to italicize or use quotations around the name of the play in the article heading? As the post states, titles of plays are usually italicized. The exception is if you are required to follow AP Style.

The Associated Press Stylebook does not use italics. As the post states, titles of books are italicized.

We do not recommend underlining or using boldface. According to a kidshealth. That looks fine to us. However, if you were required to follow a specific format, you should refer to that specific style guide.

For example, MLA format is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities, Associated Press style provides guidelines for news writing, and APA style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. Each format has different rules. I recently composed an email for a client. Should it be since it is a title and might even be proprietary? Names of websites are not generally italicized or enclosed in quotation marks, because they are usually made into Internet links that result in the names standing out.

The style manuals do not address online events specifically; however, a substantive title given to a single meeting, conference, speech, or discussion is usually enclosed in quotation marks in formal prose.

If I am writing am including a previously published article in my newsletter, how do I correctly say this. As of now I have an italicized sentence at the top of the article that mentions it was published in the such and such journal.

If that sentence is already italicized, how would I correctly site the title of the publication? We would prefer to see specifically what you are working with to provide you with clear direction. Our post Capitalizing Composition Titles: Pick a policy and be consistent. However, some newspaper editors capitalize their headlines and article titles and some capitalize only the first letter.

This is a very interesting thread, and as has already been pointed out, the rules in the UK and in the US are different. I know that those who disagree with my statement here will likely disagree, but as I hold a PhD in English with a focus in American literature, and am currently the content editor of a fairly good sized company about employees located on the West Coast of the US, I can assure everyone that in the USA the rule — as has been pointed out repeatedly — is that the comma goes INSIDE the quotation marks, not outside.

Does the period at the end of a sentence also always In the U. Wich of the following is correct and why? I need some help on my essay. Do you save spaces belong on college campuses? And does it make sense? Yes, you may refer to the title of the article in mid-sentence. Your essay contains a number of grammatical errors that should be corrected. If chapter titles are set in roman, would a name e.

Example of chapter title: Sinking of the Titanic. Since appositives are not the focus of this blog post, we have not indicated the context in which these sentences existed. Either method is acceptable. I want to know what to do in a phone text where one can neither underline nor italicize a written work. I have been using apostrophes or single quotation marks to identify a work.

Recently, I have noticed that online articles will use single quotation marks instead of italics. People are forgetting how grammar works.

Our rules and guidelines apply to formal writing. In practice, we understand that texting is highly informal. How do you punctuate a title that has a question mark in it and the title comes at the end of a question? Which one is correct? Or, would the sentence still end in only one question mark? If the title at the end of the sentence ends in a question mark, there is no need to follow it with another question mark. Please ensure that your question or comment relates to the topic of the blog post.

Unrelated comments may be deleted. If necessary, use the "Search" box on the right side of the page to find a post closely related to your question or comment. Your email address will not be published. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Enable JavaScript Uh oh! Titles of Books, Plays, Articles, etc.: August 15, , at April 12, , at 4: April 22, , at January 31, , at August 28, , at 2: August 30, , at September 6, , at 4: November 30, , at 1: January 18, , at 6: May 15, , at 2: May 17, , at 7: June 13, , at 7: June 15, , at September 15, , at 4: September 17, , at 9: October 7, , at 1: February 3, , at October 27, , at November 7, , at 6: November 14, , at 5: October 27, , at 3: November 16, , at 1: November 18, , at December 10, , at 6: December 13, , at 6: January 6, , at 3: January 8, , at 2: March 10, , at 3: October 8, , at August 18, , at October 27, , at 4: October 28, , at March 16, , at 5: March 23, , at 9: November 15, , at November 16, , at 7: March 25, , at 7: March 26, , at 4: May 24, , at 9: May 26, , at November 24, , at 9: December 1, , at December 4, , at 5: December 5, , at 8: December 4, , at December 11, , at 6: December 12, , at 6: December 20, , at December 21, , at 6: February 13, , at 5: February 14, , at February 27, , at 9: February 28, , at 3: March 4, , at 4: March 5, , at 6: March 7, , at 3: March 8, , at 3: April 24, , at 8: April 27, , at 5:

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Jan 04,  · The titles of essays are enclosed in quotation marks. 6. The title of a longer work that would be italicized if it were published separately (e.g., Paradise Lost or a play) would be enclosed in quotation marks if the work is included in a longer collection or anthology.

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Titles of works. The titles of certain works are indicated with quotation marks, others with italics, and yet others with regular type. The style presented here is consistent with The Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.) and the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.), and is appropriate for most academic and professional writing. Newspapers tend to favor quotation marks in place of italics for . For titles of written or musical works that are published within other works use double quotations; underline or italicize names of works published by themselves: ex. I just read the short story "Looking for Jake" in China Miéville's anthology of the same name, Looking for Jake. ex. Beckett's play Waiting for Godot will be performed next season.

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In writing the titles of newspapers, do not italicize the word the, even when it is part of the title (the New York Times), and do not italicize the name of the city in which the newspaper is published unless that name is part of the title: the Hartford Courant, but the London Times. When you quote or reference a play in your writing, you place a reference on this page to give the information of the book or anthology in which you found the play. Your reference will include the name of the author, the play title, the publication information, and the format in which it was found.