Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Titles inside your text

Someone asked me how to format titles within the text (not on the title page of the story-- just center and CAP that).

Of course, "house style" dictates, as ever, but the rule of thumb is that the titles of short things are in quotes, and the title of long things are italicized. 
So an article title is in quotes:  "Butler's Thrilling Run to the 2010 NCAA Finals"
But a book title is in italics:
Small Colleges, Big Hearts: The History of Small College Basketball

You can generally apply this to all media. A song is in "", and an album/CD is in italics:
"Wild Horses"
The Gift
A TV episode is in "", while the TV series is in italics:
"School Hard"
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Not a big deal, but if you know the rule, you don't have to waste brain cells on deciding how to format.
Alicia (who does not have a lot of brain cells to waste)

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