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.
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”