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hyenagirl | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 19, 2009 at 7:57 AM via web

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Do you italicize or capitalize the whole names of stories, books, newspapers and magazines, especially when used in the same sentence?

As in: "His short story, "How to Die Young," was included in collection, Living On the Streets. It was also published in the San Francisco Daily News." Which of these are italics, and which are all caps?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 19, 2009 at 12:07 PM (Answer #1)

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You will need to refer to the sources listed below, but I will answer your specific example and give you some other basic guidelines.

     "His short story, "How to Die Young," was included in the collection, Living on the Streets. It was also published in the San Francisco Daily News."

ABOVE: Short stories use quotation marks. Novels and newspapers use italics. Note that some words within the title, such as "to," "the," and "on," are not capitalized. 

USE QUOTATION MARKS FOR:

  • Titles of short or minor works
  • Songs
  • Short Stories
  • Essays
  • Short Poems
  • One Act Plays
  • Other literary works shorter than a three act play or complete book
  • Titles of sections from longer works
  • Chapters in books
  • Articles in newspapers, magazines, or journals
  • Episodes of television and radio series 

 

USE ITALICS (or underlining if italics are not available) FOR

  • titles of LONG PIECES--such as novels, books of poetry, magazines, encyclopedias, etc.--and works that contain smaller sections. 

CAPITALIZATION IN TITLES

  • There is never a need to specifically use block capitalization in titles.
  • The first word in a title is always capitalized (except in specific occasions where the author deliberately does not capitalize, such as in poems by e. e. cummings).
  • Refer to the site below for words NOT capitalized in titles.
  • http://www.writersblock.ca/tips/monthtip/tipmar98.htm

 

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