Titles of Books, Plays, Articles, etc.: Underline? Italics? Quotation Marks?
Prior to computers, people were taught to underline titles of books and plays and to surround chapters, articles, songs, and other shorter works in quotation marks. However, here is what The Chicago Manual of Style says: When quoted in text or listed in a bibliography, titles of books, journals, plays, and other freestanding works are italicized; titles of articles, chapters, and other shorter works are set in roman and enclosed in quotation marks.
Below are some examples to help you:
Example: We read A Separate Peace in class. (title of a book)
Example: That Time magazine article, “Your Brain on Drugs,” was fascinating.
Note that the word “magazine” was not italicized because that is not part of the actual name of the publication.
Example: His article, “Death by Dessert,” appeared in The New York Times Magazine.
Note that the and magazine are both capitalized and set off because the name of the publication is The New York Times Magazine.
Newspapers, which follow The Associated Press Stylebook, have their own sets of rules because italics cannot be sent through AP computers.
Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2008, at 2:33 am
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Readers of the BBC's news site have helped to compile a list of newspapers with distinctive titles.
They were moved to send in their favourites after noting the blandness (and rather touching simplicity) of News Corporation's choice of title for its iPad paper, The Daily.
I've rearranged the list and added to it. I'd guess that most of you know most of them. But there will inevitably be some discoveries. And more, of course, are welcome...
Britain and Ireland
Impartial Reporter - Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh (once impartially in favour of Protestantism and Unionism; now, more even-handed)
The Banbury Cake – Oxford
The Keswick Reminder - Cumbria
The Royston Crow - Hertfordshire
Your Leek Paper - Staffordshire
The Southport Visiter - Lancashire (further up the coast, The Visitor in Morecambe knows how to spell)
The Falmouth Packet – Falmouth, Cornwall (named after the mail-carrying packet ships)
The Arran Banner - Isle of Arran (named after a variety of potato)
Gone, but not forgotten...
The Skibbereen Eagle - Co Cork (famous for a leading article that said it was "keeping an eye on the Czar of Russia" over his expansionist designs on China)
West Highland Free Press - Isle of Skye (the point being, it isn't free - it's 65p)
The same is true of the Doncaster Free Press (70p) and the Bucks Free Press (55p)
The Times-Picayune - New Orleans
Unterrified Democrat - Linn, Missouri
The Pantagraph - Bloomington, Illinois (from the Greek panta and grapho, combining to mean "write all things")
Carlisle Mosquito - Carlisle, Massachusetts
The LEO Weekly - Kentucky (aka the Louisville Eccentric Observer)
The Hawkeye - Burlington, Iowa
Boulder Daily Camera – Colorado
The Canton Repository - Stark County, Ohio
Cleveland Plain Dealer - Ohio
The Toledo Blade - Ohio
The Youngstown Vindicator – Ohio
The Commercial Appeal - Memphis, Tennessee
Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era - Pennsylvania
The Sacramento Bee - California
Labette Avenue - Kansas
Hunterdon County Democrat - the point being that it favoured the Republican party
Gone, but not forgotten...
Memphis Press-Scimitar - Tennessee
The Tombstone Epitaph - still publishes special editions
The Barrier Daily Truth - Broken Hill, Australia
The Bunyip - Gawler, South Australia
Sunraysia Daily - Mildura, Northern Victoria, Australia (Hat tip to Murray Hedgcock - glad to see you're still with us!)
The Casket – Antigonish, Nova Scotia
The Kingston Whig Standard - Ontario
Saskatoon StarPhoenix - Saskatchewan
The Grand River Sachem - Ontario (sachem = highly-ranked chief)
The Northern Pen - Newfoundland
The Miner & News - Kenora, Ontario
The Charlottetown Guardian deserves a mention, not for its name, but for its slogan: "covers Prince Edward Island like the dew". Pity that the Charlottetown Patriot is no longer with us.
Granma – Cuba. Named after the yacht that carried Fidel Castro and his comrades from Mexico to launch the revolution
The Gleaner - Jamaica
The Mainichi Daily - "Mainichi" in Japanese means daily so the paper is the Daily Daily.
And can this be true?
Egregious Hippogriff - an alleged British school publication
Source, and massive hat tip:BBC