When referring to a title, use italics (or underlining in handwriting) for longer works and quotation marks for shorter works. Don't use either one for the title on a document you are writing yourself, such as an essay. You only need to use italics or quotation marks when you are referring to a work.
- If you could buy the item by itself, use italics. If you have to buy a larger object in order to get what you want, use quotes.
Short (1-2 act) play
I read the fourth chapter, "Acrobatic Kites," in the book Best Kite Building Ever.
Our class read the television play "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" before we tackled Hamlet.
|Magazine or Newspaper||Article||The article "Four Fabulous Heroes" in last week's New York Times was inspiring.|
|Television series||Episode||"Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" was the most watched episode of M*A*S*H*.|
|Movie||Scene (You would only refer to a scene when referring to the movie script itself, and only if that scene has an actual title.)||
I think I have watched The Sound of Music at least twenty times.
We had to shoot the last scene, "The Goodbye," twenty-three times.
|CD or album||Song||My favorite song is "Isn't She Lovely" from Stevie Wonder's album Songs in the Key of Life.|
|Website||Web page||I found this information on Wikipedia on the page "William Crookes."|
|Building||N/A||While we were in New York, we visited the Empire State Building.|
|Vehicle||N/A||The space shuttle Discovery is now in Washington, D. C.|