Italics are used for large works, names of vehicles, and movie and television show titles. Quotation marks are reserved for sections of works, like the titles of chapters, magazine articles, poems, and short stories. Basically, you will want to cite in-text whatever appears first in the citation on your Works Cited page. If you are referencing a specific part of the video, MLA format also requires that you specify the time in the video when that part begins. In-text citation with author: Last name, —. Titles of plays, long and short, are generally italicized.
Using Italics or Quotation Marks in Titles
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Titles of Books, Plays, Articles, etc. Quotation Marks? The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation. 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.
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You do not have to look very far to find someone who will tell you that standards of English have dropped in recent times. Today you will find school leavers who have trouble with spelling and grammar. When it comes to punctuation, well, there are millions of people who have no idea of the correct way to use the apostrophe. You only have to look at large signs on the front of businesses where people use an apostrophe when it shouldn't be there or leave one out when it should be. But you, as a student, will be asked to write many essays during your school years.
It can be confusing to know when you should be using italics and quotation marks when citing the title of another work. Keep reading to learn the basic rules for choosing either italics or quotation marks, and to see examples of each citation style. Italics and quotation marks are generally used to set a composition title apart from the text surrounding it. For example, if you were writing the sentence, "I read The Cat in the Hat," it wouldn't necessarily be clear what the book title was, or even that there was a book title at all.