title of book, typed

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How do you type the title of a book?

asked Aug 16 '12 at 16:49 Claudia New member

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This is a matter of style, not grammar. Book titles, chapter titles, journal article titles, and newspaper article titles are all handled differently. Each of the major style guides -- APA, MLA, Chicago, etc. -- gives slightly different advice, but the basic "rules" are similar in each. Book titles are italicized, while articles are placed inside quotation marks.

 

Your question used the word "typed". If you are using a typewriter instead of a word processor, the "rules" are different. Typewriters cannot reproduce italics, so traditionally a book title was underlined. However, you can easily use italics in a word processor, so underlining a title is considered bad form today.

 

Examples:

 

The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition, University of Chicago Press, 2010) or Robert Hartwell Fiske's The Dictionary of Concise Writing.

link comment answered Aug 16 '12 at 17:09 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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