Quotation marks around essay titles

The primary function of quotation marks is to set off and represent exact language (either spoken or written) that has come from somebody else. The quotation mark is also used to designate speech acts in fiction and sometimes poetry. Since you will most often use them when working with outside sources, successful use of quotation marks is a practical defense against accidental plagiarism and an excellent practice in academic honesty. The following rules of quotation mark use are the standard in the United States, although it may be of interest that usage rules for this punctuation do vary in other countries.

Should a title of a book be italicized when it is following a quoted paragraph from the book, for the purpose of introducing an article? In other words this is not running text nor is it a quotation set off within the text; rather, it appears as an extract before the beginning of the article. Following the extract is an en dash, the author’s last name, a comma, and then the book title. None of which are currently italicized. I don’t think the author’s name should be italicized, but should the book title? I can’t find a rule for this in my references. (And while I’m asking, should it be an en dash before the author’s name? or em dash?). Thanks for your help!

Now I realize the reason this doesn’t happen is because used to be , and it used to be that DOS only had 640K of RAM available, and had to use as little of that as possible.  But that argument just means that each program had to include the same parsing code over and over again (and get it wrong in many cases!  apparently including .net for some odd command lines); it didn’t mean the parsing code could go away.  Well, unless the program didn’t care about its arguments; then it could go away.

1 Albert Einstein in  I Believe , George Allen and Unwin, London, 1965, p. 27.
2 . R. L. Trask, The Penguin Guide to Punctuation , Penguin Books, London, p. 97.
3 Block paragraphing, in fact, is a standard feature of word processing. On this page, for example, the paragraphs of the principal text are separated
   by double spaces and have no first-line indentations.
4  Jonathan Wolff, Political Philosophy , Revised Edition, OUP, Oxford, 2006, p. 57.
5   MHRA Style Book , Fifth Edition, Modern Humanities Research Association, 1996, p. 35.

Quotation marks around essay titles

quotation marks around essay titles

1 Albert Einstein in  I Believe , George Allen and Unwin, London, 1965, p. 27.
2 . R. L. Trask, The Penguin Guide to Punctuation , Penguin Books, London, p. 97.
3 Block paragraphing, in fact, is a standard feature of word processing. On this page, for example, the paragraphs of the principal text are separated
   by double spaces and have no first-line indentations.
4  Jonathan Wolff, Political Philosophy , Revised Edition, OUP, Oxford, 2006, p. 57.
5   MHRA Style Book , Fifth Edition, Modern Humanities Research Association, 1996, p. 35.

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