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Italics areĀ de rigueur for unfamiliar foreign words and for the titles of:

  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Movies
  • Musical recordings (i.e., albums, not songs)
  • Newspapers
  • Operas
  • Paintings and photographs
  • Plays

Because formatting can be unreliable, avoid using italics (or bold) for emphasis. If the emphasis is needed, consider rewriting the sentence.


  • The Brandenburg Concertos
  • The Chicago Tribune
  • Je ne sais quoi
  • Love in the Time of Cholera
  • The New Yorker
  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • Waiting for Godot

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