You should only underline the titles of full-length works if your essay is handwritten (as italics aren’t an option). Our certified Educators are real professors, teachers, and scholars who use their academic expertise to tackle your toughest questions.
Educators go through a rigorous application process, and every answer they submit is reviewed by our in-house editorial team. Before word processors came into common usage, it used to be the standard practice to underline book titles when typing.
When typing, book titles—in fact, the titles of any full-length works—should always be italicized.
Titles of shorter works, such as a poem or short story, should be put in quotation marks.
Remember that people used to type their work or write it longhand.
When titles needed to be italicized, italics were represented by underlining. Do NOT use quotation marks, underline, or italics together.
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Use italics in a word-processed document for the types of titles you'd underline if you were writing by hand.
Barring any overriding style guides used for a specific organization or school, the general rule is to use quotations for song titles and italicize CD or album titles.
Do not use underlining (in place of italics) unless you're still using a typewriter or writing titles by hand.