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UNF Style Guide Composition Titles


Use quotation marks around the titles of all such works except the Bible and books that are primarily catalogs of reference material. In addition to catalogs, this category also includes almanacs, directories, dictionaries, encyclopedias, gazetteers, handbooks and similar publications. Do not use quotation marks around such software titles as WordPerfect or Windows.


Right: He has the latest copy of Webster's New World Dictionary.
Right: She reads the Bible each evening.
Right: “Gone with the Wind”
Right: Encyclopedia Britannica
Wrong: Every year I purchase a new copy of "The Farmer's Almanac."
Wrong: “Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language”


In the case of magazine names, do not use quotation marks and do not italicize. Uppercase the name of the magazine but lowercase "magazine" unless it is a part of the publication's formal title.


Right: Rebecca enjoys Harper's Magazine more than Time magazine.
Wrong: "Jacksonville Magazine" featured an article about President John A. Delaney.


Capitalize "the" in a newspaper or magazine's name if that is the way the publication prefers to be known. Lowercase "the" before newspaper names when several papers are mentioned, some of which use "the" as part of the name and some of which do not.


Right: The story appeared in the New York Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Florida Times- Union.
Right: He reads The Wall Street Journal every morning.


Where location is needed but is not part of the official name, use parentheses.

Right: The Huntsville (Alabama) Times
Wrong: The Huntsville, Alabama, Times


Include quotation marks around titles of articles and features in periodicals and newspapers, chapter titles, and part titles, titles of short stories, essays and individual selections in books.


Right: Dr. Rebecca A. Marcon published "Reply to Lonigan" in the Spring 2003 issue of Early Childhood Research and Practice.
Right: Dr. Mary Baron published "Let Your Poem Breathe" in the March 2001 issue of The Writer.