Do you italicize book titles in APA in text?
Titles of books and reports are italicized; titles of articles, chapters, and web pages are in quotation marks. A similar study was done of students learning to format research papers ("Using APA," 2001).
Book titles are italicized. If you are using a typewriter and can't write in italics, then it is customary to underline the title. Same applies to plays. Titles of poems, short stories, essays, and other short pieces are set off in double quotes.
- Q. A book title is written in italics, as is the title of a musical album. Chapter names and songs are set between quotation marks. Doesn't it make more sense to italicize song titles? This also eliminates all the awkward quotes and commas when listing the songs in an album or play.
- When writers insert or alter words in a direct quotation, square brackets—[ ]—are placed around the change. The brackets, always used in pairs, enclose words intended to clarify meaning, provide a brief explanation, or to help integrate the quote into the writer's sentence.
- Brackets (parentheses) are punctuation marks used within a sentence to include information that is not essential to the main point. Information within parentheses is usually supplementary; were it removed, the meaning of the sentence would remain unchanged.
Updated: 12th November 2019