Punctuation
Italics

Italics

Titles

Italics are used for titles of books, newspaper, magazines, movies, television programs, and art.

Looking for financial advice, John read the book Understanding Mutual Funds: Your No-Nonsense Everyday Guide.

The Globe and Mail is one of Canada's national newspapers.

John prefers to read the magazine Fortune rather than the newspaper the Wall Street Journal.

The movie Titanic was released in Canada on December 19, 1997.

My aunt’s favorite television show is The Young and the Restless.

I particularly like the painting Twin Falls, Haliburton by the Canadian artist Lois Smith-Brennan.

Exception to rule: Though a, an, and the are considered part of the title of most items, they are not considered part of the title of a newspaper or a magazine. Therefore, they are not capitalized for a newspaper or a magazine, but they are capitalized for the other items.

the Toronto Star
the National Geographic

Planes

The names of planes are italicized.

In 1927 Charles Lindbergh made the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris in his plane Spirit of St. Louis.

Ships

The names of ships are italicized.

It was on April 15, 1912, that the British luxury passenger ship Titanic sank in the frigid waters off Newfoundland.

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