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09/08/2019

do you underline, italicize, or use quotations when referring to an essay?

QUESTION
do you underline, italicize, or use quotations when referring to an essay?
Im writing a paper for school about the essay Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson. What am i supposed to use for the title of his essay? Underline, italicize, quotations?

ANSWER
Use quotations.

Quotations are used for works that can’t stand alone. They’re too short to be published by themselves. Works that “can’t stand alone,” as they say, are published in collections–books that contain lots of essays.

As for underlining and italicizing, its really the same thing. In the old days, a writer would underline something to tell the printer that he wanted it italicized. So if you’re writing by hand you use underlining, but if you’re typing you can underline or italicize– just be consistent.

Italics are for works that stand alone, ie. the name of the book that the essay appears in.