Italicize the following (or underline if writing by hand or using a typewriter):
- The titles of books, plays, book-length poems, magazines, and newspapers:
| War and Peace ||TIME magazine|
| Twelfth Night||National Geographic|
| Beowulf||Miami Herald|
- The titles of movies and radio and television programs:
| Finding Nemo||Law & Order|
| Car Talk||Masterpiece Theater|
- The titles of works of art, including paintings, sculptures, and major musical compositions:
Mona Lisa (painting)
The Thinker (sculpture)
Swan Lake (ballet)
Porgy and Bess (opera)
Do not italicize musical compositions named by number or key: Symphony No. 4; Quartet in E minor.
- Words, letters, and numbers used as such:
How do you spell ache?
Does your name end with a c or a k?
The 6 looked like a 0.
- Foreign words and phrases that have not been assimilated into English:
Alex's Weltanschauung was gloomy.
Ed made a tarte au citron for dessert.
- Words and phrases that are being emphasized:
Paris was the place to be in the '20s.
- The names of the plaintiff and defendant in legal citations: Johnson v. Smith.
- The names of ships, aircraft, and space vehicles:
The Spirit of St. Louis
space shuttle Challenger
- The New Latin names of genera, species, subspecies, and varieties in botanical and zoological nomenclature: Quercus alba; Homo sapiens.
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