Posts related to italics
Should the acronym of an italicized title be set in italics?
Yes. If you use an acronym in place of an italicized title, italicize the acronym, as shown in the example below: In his recent book,… Read More
Are medical terms such as Staphylococcus aureus and their acronyms italicized only at first instance?
Medical terms such as Staphylococcus aureus are italicized at each instance, but acronyms for these terms (in this case, MRSA), are always set in roman… Read More
In prose, should a transliterated song title appear in italics or quotation marks?
In prose, style a transliterated title the same way you would style the title in English. In the following example, the transliterated title A fidler… Read More
Should the comma after an italicized element appear in italics?
Publishers differ in their practice. In its publications, the MLA’s preference is not to italicize commas that appear after italicized elements. However, we are open… Read More
How should I style the name of an artwork with an ascribed title?
Many works of art, especially older ones, were not given formal titles by their creators or were given one that is no longer known and… Read More
How should I style the name of an earthwork, such as the Great Serpent Mound?
Names of earthworks, like names of buildings, should not be italicized: We took a trip to see the Great Serpent Mound. … Read More
Should names of apps and other software programs be italicized in MLA style?
Yes. Titles of software programs, including apps (e.g., Kindle, Instagram, and Facebook), are italicized in MLA style. … Read More
How do I style genus and species names, such as Homo sapiens, in MLA style?
MLA style was developed to be used by writers in the humanities, so we defer to our colleagues at The Chicago Manual of Style regarding how… Read More