Most words in your manuscript will be roman text—unchanged by italics—and, apart from dialogue, will not be enclosed by quotation marks.Yet sometimes writers are confused about italics and quotation marks, especially when dealing with named entities.Refer to dictionaries and to company guidelines or Internet sources for correct capitalization and spelling.Note that home pages of websites may feature decorative text; look at pages with corporate details for correct information.Philip, Temple Sinai, City Center Community Masjid Note: There is much more to capitalization, yet that topic requires an article (or five) of its own. But which titles get quotation marks and which get italics?The general rule is that titles of works that are made up of smaller/shorter divisions are italicized, and the smaller divisions are put in quotation marks.
And when rules are followed, the manuscript will have consistency; if you don’t know the rules, it’s likely that you won’t make the same choices consistently throughout a story.Exception: Titles of artwork dating from antiquity whose creators are unknown are not italicized.(the Venus de Milo or the Seated Scribe) is to not italicize train names.(There are exceptions, of course.) Capitalize names of people, places, and things. Smith, Grandma Elliott, and Fido are capitalized but not italicized or put in quotation marks.The same is true for Disney World, the Grand Canyon, Edie’s Bistro, and the World Series.