Italic may be used, especially in dialogue, for a word that would be
stressed were it spoken and, infrequently, to indicate emphasis on a key
word in a sentence.
The following are printed in italic type without quotation marks:
||Foreign words that have not become anglicized, on first use only,
in text and legends. If the second use is different in number or gender
and not readily recognizable, it too may be italicized:
e.g., kibbutz, kibbutzim; maama (mother), bamaam (mothers).
Anglicized words found in Webster's may be italicized for flavor.
Do not italicize personal names, place-names, peoples and tribes,
institutions, holy days, festivals, money, and titles of persons.
||Titles of the following:
||Albums of music (complete), whether records, tapes, CDs, or DVDs
Book titles (except for sacred books such as the Bible, Koran, Torah,
which are roman without quotation marks)
Computer software and CD-ROM and other multimedia product titles
(except applications programs such as WordPerfect)
Epics and very long poems
Magazines whether print or electronic
(initial the in roman, lowercase), National Geographic, Slate
Movies and documentary films
Newspapers (initial the in roman, lowercase)
Operas, operettas, oratorios, musical comedies, and symphonies
(See also MUSIC TITLES and SYMPHONIES)
Plays and stage shows
Television or radio series
Translations of titles remain in italic:
Navigatio Sancti Brendani Abbatis—Voyage of Saint Brendan the Abbot
||Individual names of ships, boats, submersibles, trains, and planes:
Queen Elizabeth 2, U.S.S. Constitution (but U.S.S. Constitution Museum), Orient Express, Spirit of St. Louis.
Possessives take italic apostrophe plus roman s; plurals add italic s. If a name is in a foreign language, the translation as well is in italic: Hokule`a—Star of Gladness
For spacecraft See: SPACE TERMS and for submersibles see SUBMARINES, SUBMERSIBLES, ROVs.
||Genera, species, and subspecies of plants and animals.
||Letters as letters: they roll their r's.
Made-up words representing sounds are italic, no quotation marks.
||Write the names of legal cases in italic except for the v., which should be roman:
Marbury v. Madison.
||Continued notes: (Continued on page 707)
|9.||Punctuation: Generally, set punctuation marks in the same typeface
as the word to which they are adjacent, even if opening and closing
quotation marks will then be in different faces. Exception: Both opening
and closing brackets and parentheses should be in the same typeface.|
When a question mark or exclamation point follows an italicized term but
is not part of it, set it in roman.
"The ship is called the White Mist," he said.
[The ship is called the White Mist.]
(The ship is called the White Mist.)
"The ship is called the White Mist."
Did he ask if the ship was called the White Mist?
He named his novel Where Is the White Mist?
See also FOREIGN TERMS, POETRY, SCIENTIFIC NOMENCLATURE, SHIPS AND BOATS, SOUNDS, TITLES OF ART, LITERARY, AND MUSICAL WORKS.