General Rules

For simplicity and clarity, put quotation marks around the official titles of  books, chapters of books, movies, plays, poems, songs, television shows,  episodes of television shows, magazine articles, speeches, research papers  and projects.

 Academic Papers

The title of an academic paper or journal article should be put inside  quotation marks. If the journal is then named, use italics or underlining for  the name of the journal.

Right: His paper, “The Rhetoric of Neo-Classic Poets,” was published in Classical Literature Quarterly.


Use quotations for book titles (including textbooks), unless they’re reference  books such as almanacs and dictionaries. Use italics (or underlining) for titles  of books that are collections of works or proceedings (including journals).  Use quotations for book chapters or individual selections.

 Right: An excellent source for writers is “The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White.

Right: You’ll find a copy of Encyclopedia Britannica in my library at home.

Right: In the text, Collection of Great American Short Stories, my favorite is“The Hills Are Like White Elephants.”



Capitalize the main words in the title of courses; quotation marks or italics  are not necessary.


Capitalize the name but do not place it in quotations or italics. Do not  capitalize “magazine” unless it’s part of the publication’s title or masthead.

 Right: Time magazine, Newsweek magazine, The Alcalde magazine

Capitalize the word “the” only if it’s part of the periodical’s title.

 Right: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post

When listing several publications or periodicals, lower case the initial “the”and eliminate additional references of “the” from the list.

 Right: We read the New York Times, Daily News and Wall Street Journal every morning.


Put quotation marks around the titles of movies, plays, television shows and  episodes and radio shows.

 Right: Georgia State University alumnus Scott Teems (B.A. ’99) is  reaping awards for his directorial debut, “That Evening Sun,”starring Oscar nominee Hal Holbrook.


Capitalize but do not use quotation marks around descriptive titles for  orchestral works. If a work has a special title, use quotation marks around it.

 Right: Bach’s Suite No. 1 for Orchestra

Right: Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”