When you are referring to any book (including a book of poems, stories, articles, etc.), as well as an album or newspaper, the title should be underlined or italicized.
Italicization is also required for edited collections of short stories and essays, movies, television series, documentaries and albums.
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Italics do not include punctuation marks (end marks or parentheses, for instance) next to the words being italicized unless those punctuation marks are meant to be considered as part of what is being italicized: "Have you read Stephen King's Pet Semetary?
(The question mark is not italicize here.) Also, do not italicize the apostrophe-s which creates the possessive of a title: "What is the Courant 's position on this issue?
In writing the titles of newspapers, do not italicize the word the, even when it is part of the title (the New York Times), and do not italicize the name of the city in which the newspaper is published unless that name is part of the title: the Hartford Courant, but the London Times.
Other titles that we would italicize include the following: Long Musical Pieces: Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite (but "Waltz of the Flowers"), Schubert's Winterreise (but "Ave Maria").
In an essay formatted in APA style, the title of a book also appears in italics.
Additionally, any words in the title that are four letters or longer should be capitalized.
Thus we differentiate between the titles of novels and journals, say, and the titles of poems, short stories, articles, and episodes (for television shows).
The titles of these shorter pieces would be surrounded with double quotation marks.