Italicizing and Underlining

Rules for when to italicize titles


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

For example:

The Color Purple Ordinary People (books)
Beowulf The Iliad (long poems)
Hamlet The Glass Menagerie (plays)

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

For example:

The Bible Book of Job the Koran
the New Testament the Constitution  

Use italics for newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals.

For example:

The New York Times Time
The Wolf Print  

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

For example:

DaVinci's Mona Lisa Beethoven's Symphony No. 5
Superman Law and Order
All Things Considered