General Rules

For simplicity and clarity, put quotation marks around the titles of books,
chapters of books, movies, plays, poems, songs, television shows, episodes of television shows, magazine articles, speeches, research papers and projects.

Academic Papers

The title of an academic paper or journal article should be put inside
quotation marks. Italicize or underline the name of the journal.

Right: His paper, “The Rhetoric of Neo-Classic Poets,” was published in Classical Literature Quarterly.


Use quotation marks for most book titles (including common textbooks), but italicize or underline the titles of reference books, such as almanacs and dictionaries, and anthologies or other books that collect works or proceedings (including journals). Use quotation marks for book chapters or individual selections within such volumes.

Right: An excellent source for writers is “The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White.
Right: You’ll find a copy of Encyclopedia Britannica in my library at home.
Right: My favorite selection from the The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway is “Hills Like White Elephants.”


Capitalize the main words in the title of courses; quotation marks or italics are not necessary.


Capitalize the name but do not place it in quotations or italics. Do not capitalize “magazine” unless it’s part of the publication’s title or masthead.

Right: Time magazine, Newsweek magazine, Harper’s Magazine

Capitalize the word “the” only if it’s part of the periodical’s title.

Right: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Willamette Week

When listing several publications or periodicals, lower case the initial “the” and eliminate additional references of “the” from the list.

Right: We read the New York Times, Daily News and Wall Street Journal every morning.


Put quotation marks around the titles of movies, plays, and television and radio shows and episodes.

Right: Georgia State University alumnus Adam Pinney (B.A. ’02) took home the Grand Jury Award at the 2016 South by Southwest Film Festival for his feature film, “The Arbalest.”


Capitalize but do not use quotation marks around descriptive titles for orchestral works. If a work has a special title, use quotation marks around it.

Right: Bach’s Suite No. 1 for Orchestra
Right: Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”