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Default To italicize or not to italicize?
Italics are typographical devices meant to distinguish certain words from others within a sentence. When used for emphasis, writers should only use them occasionally as they lose their impact if overused.

Italics are used for the titles of books, novels, lengthy poems, newspapers, periodicals, pamphlets, movies, plays, television series, operas and other full-length musical compositions.

Examples:
The Secret (book)
Moby Dick (novel)
An Essay on Criticism (long poem)
Los Angeles Times (newspaper)
Star Trek (television series)
Casablanca (movie)
Don Giovanni (opera)

When newspapers and periodicals start with an initial the, even when part of the official title, the initial the is not italicized and lowercased
(unless it begins the sentence). Example: She often reads the New York Times during her lunch hour. (Newspaper – The New York Times)

Italicize the titles of books, but not the titles of holy works (including books of the Bible). Example: Wuthering Heights, Oliver Twist, the Bible, the Koran, Exodus, Corinthians, and Genesis.

Italicize works of art, other than architecture; italicize proper names of ships, planes, automobiles and trains, but not varieties or brand names.

Examples:
Van Gogh’s Starry Night (work of art)
Sydney Opera House (architecture)
Titanic (ship)
Orient Express (train)
Ford Explorer (model name of automobile)
Voyager (spaceship)
Boeing 747 (model name of airplane)

Italicize scientific names of plants and animals. Example: Cynara scolymus, Equus caballus.

Certain words and phrases in foreign languages, if likely to be unfamiliar to the reader. Example: He realized he had unwittingly committed yet another faux pas.

Legal cases. Example: Roe v. Wade

Words as words. Example: She finds it difficult to explain italicizing in a simple, straightforward manner.

When reproducing sounds. Example: The rock hit her windshield with a loud thunk!

For emphasis. Example: There are entirely different rules for newspaper writing.

Hope that helps!
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Thanks for that It's amazing how little I seem to know about my native language...
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Default Re: To italicize or not to italicize?
Originally Posted by sfsupport View Post
Thanks for that It's amazing how little I seem to know about my native language...
Me too! That's exactly what I thought when I was researching this!
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Wow, great pointers Kate - thank you! You're going to clean up all of our content before long
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Kate - I learned so much from that!! Thank you!
Now I want to know, are these new journalism or internet rules ? ... We were taught, in scholarship, to (for example) underline a book title, or put the title of a work in quotes ... So which arbiter do you reference here?
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This was shared at another forum I belong to - a forum of writers. It was very useful information and it's good to see it here too - after all, many VAs are expected by their clients to be able to write in the correct manner. They depend on us.
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Default Re: To italicize or not to italicize?
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Kate - I learned so much from that!! Thank you!
Now I want to know, are these new journalism or internet rules ? ... We were taught, in scholarship, to (for example) underline a book title, or put the title of a work in quotes ... So which arbiter do you reference here?
Mary, to answer your first question, the rules I summarized state that underlining and italics often denote the same thing. However, regarding your question regarding scholarship, the rules I quote do not apply to newspaper writing nor to formal scholarship writing (i.e. APA style).

Kathie, I don't know the material that you speak of that was shared at the writing forum you belong to, but the material written here is a compilation of research I garnered from the following sources (and more) and written by myself:

The Chicago Manual of Style Online
http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html

How to Italicze Properly
eHow-How To Do Just About Everything
http://www.ehow.com/how_2049063_italicize-properly.html

Using Italics and Underlining
by the Capital Community College Foundation
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/italics.htm

OWL - Online Writing Lab
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handou.../g_overvw.html

University of Minnesota
Style Manual
http://www1.umn.edu/urelate/style/italics.html

WikiHow
How to Use Italics
http://www.wikihow.com/Use-Italics

General Writing and Grammar Help
All Experts
http://en.allexperts.com/q/General-W...ks-Italics.htm

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Must be purely coincidence - the content was very similar, not word for word, but covered the same thoughts.
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