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Punctuating Titles

When it comes to punctuating titles, you must either use underlining, use italics, or use quotation marks. You will only use italics-- the slanted writing-- when you type. However, you need to know that italics and underlining are used for the SAME TYPES OF TITLES!
  • They are both used with titles of LONG works of literature, drama, and other media.
  • If you write something that has been typed in italics, you MUST UNDERLINE it.
  • You will also need to use them with the names of trains, ships, airplanes, or space ships/rockets.

On the other hand, if a title is a short work of literature, drama, or other media, you must use QUOTATION MARKS around the title.




Title of a novel
      Ex: Frankenstein
Title of a Short Story
     Ex: "The Open Window"

Title of a book

     Ex: Psychology and Consumer Science

Title of a Chapter

     Ex: "The Civil War"

Title of an Anthology or Collection of Works

     Ex: An Introduction to Literature

Title of an Essay

     Ex: "How to Write an Essay"

Title of Magazine or Scholarly Journal

     Ex: Invention Today

Title of an Article in a Magazine or Journal

     Ex: "The Invention of the Digital Camera"

Title of Newspaper

     Ex: The Athens Banner

Title of an Article in a Newspaper

     Ex: "Clarke County Raises Scores"

Title of Plays

     Ex: Othello


Title of an Epic or Long Poem

     Ex: The Odyssey

Title of a Short Poem

     Ex: "By the Seaside"

Title of a Film

     Ex: Edward Scissorhands

Title of a Chapter on a DVD

     Ex: "A Story about Snow"

Title of a Television Series

     Ex: Star Trek

Title of Individual Episode in a T.V. Series

     Ex: "The Trouble with Tribbles"

Title of an Album, CD, Record, or Cassette

     Ex: The Moody Blues Greatest Hits

Title of a Song

     Ex: "Tuesday Morning"
Exercise: Choose the correct punctuation for each title.
1. Did you read the short story The Black Cat?
2. I watched the opera Madam Butterfly.
3. Do you still get the newspaper The Athens Banner?
4. We read about the ship the Titanic.
5. One episode of The Closer called The Wedding was so funny.
6. Justin Hayward was the lead singer on The War of the Worlds musical.
7. Judy Garland sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
8. Come watch the play Othello.
9. The movie Dream Girls is really good.
10. My magazine Archeology has not come.





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