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Use underlining, italics, or quotation marks for titles?

Some grammar rules (and embarrassing mistakes!) transcend the uniqueness of different regions and style guides. This new International Grammar section by OnlineBookClub.org ultimately identifies those rules thus providing a simple, flexible rule-set, respecting the differences between regions and style guides. You can feel free to ask general questions about spelling and grammar. You can also provide example sentences for other members to proofread and inform you of any grammar mistakes.

Re: Use underlining, italics, or quotation marks for titles?

Post Number:#31 by 22RBhattacharyya
» 07 May 2016, 23:56

Scott,
I just submitted my first review on Yaser and Yasmeen, but I think i forgot to underline the title.
Will it be rejected?
If it is, could I send it in again corrected?

Please respond on my inbox

Thanks, Rik
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Re: Use underlining, italics, or quotation marks for titles?

Post Number:#32 by Rwarr
» 01 Jun 2016, 10:26

The rules make sense.
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Re: Use underlining, italics, or quotation marks for titles?

Post Number:#33 by Lerice
» 03 Jun 2016, 00:13

The rules you posted are correct.
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Re: Use underlining, italics, or quotation marks for titles?

Post Number:#34 by ChillFil
» 22 Jun 2016, 22:02

Refer to MLA. I believe it's italics for titles of works/articles/what-have-you and underlining for sources: books, magazines.
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Re: Use underlining, italics, or quotation marks for titles?

Post Number:#35 by karolinka
» 21 Nov 2016, 15:21

I would never underline, I agree with Scott that it is archaic. I would use italics or quotation marks.
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Re: Use underlining, italics, or quotation marks for titles?

Post Number:#36 by Olivia_Kincaid
» 19 Mar 2017, 03:24

That was an eye opener . I was always confused about those rules . Thanks for that post .
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Re: Use underlining, italics, or quotation marks for titles?

Post Number:#37 by Yolanda Denise
» 21 Mar 2017, 10:24

The rules are very clear.
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Re: Use underlining, italics, or quotation marks for titles?

Post Number:#38 by Immaculata Uduma
» 25 Mar 2017, 10:33

The information is okay,but i want to add that it is better to use capital letters instead of underlining a topic.
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Re: Use underlining, italics, or quotation marks for titles?

Post Number:#39 by mumoscar
» 04 Aug 2017, 15:42

Thanks Scott, a new rule for me, quite clear!
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Re: Use underlining, italics, or quotation marks for titles?

Post Number:#40 by Madiha12
» 08 Aug 2017, 10:10

Clear and and concrete explanation. Thanks for a great post.
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Re: Use underlining, italics, or quotation marks for titles?

Post Number:#41 by ilovebooks2
» 23 Aug 2017, 19:15

Thank you for your clear and succinct explanation of the rules, Scott. I agree with you.
However, even though I know it's wrong, I do use quotation marks around a book title when writing a review on Amazon because italics are unavailable. I notice some people use ALL CAPS, but I'm not a fan of this look.
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Re: Use underlining, italics, or quotation marks for titles?

Post Number:#42 by Christina Rose
» 26 Aug 2017, 23:42

ilovebooks2 wrote:Thank you for your clear and succinct explanation of the rules, Scott. I agree with you.
However, even though I know it's wrong, I do use quotation marks around a book title when writing a review on Amazon because italics are unavailable. I notice some people use ALL CAPS, but I'm not a fan of this look.


I agree with you on this. If italics are not available, I use quotation marks. I'm also glad Scott is specific in the Review Guidelines about using italics for book titles. That should eliminate any confusion.
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