Explanation Put the titles of lesser works in quotation marks, but italicize the titles of lengthier works. For example, enclose a "song title" in quotation marks but italicize the album title.
The requirements for putting quote marks around titles differ depending on the style guide you choose. Long titles, such as novels, movies, or record albums, should be italicized in general. For the names of shorter pieces of work, such as poems, essays, book chapters, songs, TV programs, and so on, use quote marks.
For example, "Love Is All Around" is the title of a famous song by The Beatles. "Love Is All Around" is how the song is quoted when it is referenced in other works of literature or art.
Songs have many different parts, some of which may not always be quoted. For example, the chorus of a song can be repeated at the end of a talk, but nobody would quote just the chorus of a song (unless it was the only thing people were quoting). A quotation must include all the relevant information about the source. In this case, the entire song would have to be cited, including the name of each member of the band, the album on which it appears, and so on.
It's important to distinguish between quotes used in reference to a particular item and those used as an adjective or adverb. "Love Is All Around" is a quote used as a noun: It's a popular song by The Beatles. "Love Is All Around" is also a quote used as an adjective or adverb: This love story is all around us. The phrase has become something of a cultural cliché.
Even if you're referring to a whole series, don't repeat the title throughout the essay. Write "The X Files" instead of "X Files."
In general, follow standard punctuation rules for titles of books, articles, and songs. But if the title is too long to fit within a single sentence, start a new one: "John Kennedy Jr.'s death: Why does it still affect us today?"
End quotes for songs are usually only used when the song title is also used as an adjective (e.g., "She sang like a nightingale"). If you want to be sure not to confuse readers, start with a lower-case letter. This makes it clear that you aren't quoting the song title verbatim.
As far as which way to end the quote, that's up to you. Some people prefer to keep them closed up until they refer to a specific part of the song, at which point they open up and stay that way until the next reference to the song. Others leave them closed all the time. The choice depends on how well you know the song and what its structure is.
Poems, essays, book chapters, music, and television shows should all have their titles in quote marks. Endings should be printed in lowercase letters.
In academic writing, the title of a work, project, or essay is usually placed in quotation marks to indicate that it is being considered as a word or phrase rather than used in its normal sense. This is especially important when the title contains vulgar or derogatory terms which would be inappropriate for publication otherwise.
In scientific publications, the title of an article or other work is often provided within brackets at the beginning of the text. The title should be in italics with the exception of chemical formulas and proper names which are printed in roman type. If the title contains vulgar or derogatory terms they should be enclosed in square brackets.
In journalism, the title of a news story is commonly written in caps. However, periodsical magazines, books, and websites often use sentence case for titles, typically with italics.
In general English, titles of books, films, and songs are written in capitals.
Titles should be written in full sentences with a subject-verb agreement structure. Use of the pronoun "it" instead of a specific noun is also incorrect.
Album names, like book titles, journal titles, and movie titles, are typically italicized. Song titles are typically surrounded by quote marks, as are poetry titles, book chapter titles, and article titles.