If you need advice about formatting headings in your work, try this post. But if you want to know about formatting titles of other works in your writing (e.g., books or journal articles), you\u2019re in the right place! Read on to find out when to use italics and quote marks for titles in your work.\nFormatting Titles\nFirst, let\u2019s give an example of what we mean. Take the following sentence:\n\n\n\nHere, \u201cGame of Thrones\u201d refers to a popular TV show. If we didn\u2019t know this, we might guess from the capitalization, but most style guides also recommend using distinct formatting for titles. This usually means italicizing the title or placing it in quote marks. But when does each apply?\nLonger Works (Italics)\nTitles of longer works, such as books or TV shows, are usually italicized:\n\n\n\nWe use italics for Game of Thrones because it refers to an entire TV series. Works that require italics for titles in this manner include:\n\n \tBooks and book-length poems\n \tJournals, newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals\n \tEntire websites and blogs\n \tMovies, radio programs, and TV shows\n \tPlays, musicals, and other stage shows\n \tPaintings, statues, and other works of art\n \tMusic albums and other long recordings\n\nImportantly, all of these are standalone works (i.e., published by themselves rather than as part of a larger whole). So, for example, you would italicize the name of a blog (e.g., Jenny\u2019s Cooking Blog), but not the name of a post taken from that blog (e.g., \u201cHow to Make Beef Stroganoff\u201d).\n\n[caption id="attachment_4392" align="aligncenter" width="347"] We're 90% sure this is beef stroganoff and not dog food.[\/caption]\nShorter Works (Quote Marks)\nWith shorter works that are part of a larger whole, titles should be given in quotation marks. An episode of Game of Thrones, for instance, would be written as follows:\n\n\n\nHere, the formatting lets us instantly distinguish between an episode title and the show title. Quotation marks are also used when referring to titles of:\n\n \tChapters from books or edited volumes\n \tArticles from newspapers, magazines, journals and other periodicals\n \tParticular pages from a website or posts from a blog\n \tIndividual poems, short stories, and other short literary works\n \tSingle episodes from a TV series\n \tSongs and other short recordings\n \tUnpublished writing (regardless of length)\n\nWith most of these, the key is that they\u2019re published as part of a longer work or series. The only exception to this is unpublished writing (e.g., a PhD dissertation or an unpublished manuscript).\nBeware Exceptions!\nAs with most rules in writing, there are exceptions to these guidelines about formatting titles. For example, APA has different rules depending on whether a title appears in the main text or the reference list. It is therefore always worth checking your style guide to see if it has specific requirements.