The UVic Writer's Guide

Titles: Italics Or Quotation Marks?

The basic rule is this:

Thus titles of books, novels, plays, long poems, periodicals and so on (operas, ballets, named symphonies, newspapers, sculptures, paintings, television programs, ships, planes, and spacecraft) are in italics, whereas any item that appears within a larger work--single poems, articles, short stories, chapters, titles of songs and so on--are enclosed in quotation marks.

If you're typing your essay and can't italicize words, underline them instead.

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