Beach Story Titles In An Essay

Simply put: no.

APA's Publication Manual (2010) indicates that, in the body of your paper, you should use italics for the titles of:

  • books
  • periodicals (journals, magazines, newspapers)
  • films
  • videos
  • TV shows
  • Microfilm publications

Beyond APA's specific examples, know that certain types of titles are almost always written in italics. 

Use italics in a word-processed document for the types of titles you'd underline if you were writing by hand.  A general rule of thumb is that within the text of a paper, italicize the title of complete works but put quotation marks around titles of parts within a complete work. 

The table below isn't comprehensive, but it's a good starting point

Titles in ItalicsTitles Placed in "Quotation Marks"
Title of a periodical (magazine, journal, newspaper)              Title of article in a periodical
Title of a book   Title of a chapter in a book
Title of a movie or playName of an act or scene in a movie or a play
Title of a television or radio series   Title of an episode within a tv or radio series
Title of a musical album or CDTitle of a song
Title of a long poemTitle of a short poem
Names of operas or long musical composition
Names of paintings and sculptures

Title of a short story

On an APA-style reference page, the rules for titles are a little different.  In short, a title you would italicize within the body of a paper will also be italicized on a reference page.  However, a title you'd place in quotation marks within the body of the paper (such as the title of an article within a journal) will be written in normal lettering and will not be in quotation marks.

Here are some examples:

Smith (2001) research is fully described in the Journal of Higher Education.

Smith's (2001) article "College Admissions See Increase" was published in the Journal of Higher Education after his pivotal study on the admissions process.

Yes, I used to have a special birthday celebration last year. It was my birthday and it was Sunday. I woke up and waited my mother asked me: ''What do you want to do on your birthday?'' because she always asked me that question when my birthday was coming. But she was quiet. Every members in family are quiet, too. They acted like they didn't realized anyhthing. That made me thought that they didn't remember my birthday. I felt so angry, lonely, miserable like the character in the above story. Because of being angry, I didn't go downstairs to the kitchen and had lunch in the midday. I kept me alone in my room. After that, in the early evening, I had to go to the church. I went out. Then I went home. While I was going to my room, I met my aunt. ''Hello honey'', she said. And I just put my angry face to see her without saying hello back. When I walked to my room, the light was off so the room was dark. I turned the light on. Suddenly, my two younger sisters shouted loudly, ''Happy birthday, sis'' with a happy smile in their face and a birthday cake in their hands. I felt so surprised. That surprise made me speechless, I didn't know what to say for the special birthday celebration they gave me. I just said, ''Thank you'' but I felt extremely happy in my heart. Then I wished all the best for my new age, blowed the candles. After that, I ate birthday cake with sisters. It tasted so delicious, like the most delicious birthday cake ever in my life. In conclusion, it was the most memorable birthday party to me. Until now, I can also feel the surprised feeling when the light was on. I will never forget this birthday party.


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