Italicizing & Underlining

Use italics or underlining for titles of books, long poems and plays

EXAMPLES

  • Books:   Beloved,  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Long poems: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,  The Odyssey
  • Plays: Death of a Salesman,  Much Ado About Nothing

Titles of sacred documents and legal or public documents are capitalized but not set in italics

EXAMPLES

  • the Bible  
  • Book of Ruth      
  • the Koran      
  • the Magna Carta       
  • the Bill of Rights   

Use italics for newspapers, magazines and other periodicals

EXAMPLES

  • the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel       
  • Time       
  • Architecture Digest     

Use italics for works of art, long musical works, movies and broadcast shows (radio or television)

EXAMPLES

  • Picasso's Guernica           
  • Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4   
  • Star Wars          
  • Seinfeld           
  • A Prairie Home Companion