UNDERLINING AND ITALIC RULES IN ENGLISH
Punctuation and formatting have been always some of the most challenging parts of writing something in English. There are some grammatical rules to pay attention to, but what matters the most is the writer’s favorite writing style. After choosing a style, some points should be considered; they help the readers to follow the text much easier. Some publications, schools, or institutions offer special styles that are needed to be followed by the writer. They sometimes might also seem confusing.
Underlining is another confusing issue in writing. Underlining used to show the titles of the books or to emphasize the important parts, but nowadays it is considered as an obsolete method and it is not used so much. You can read some guidelines about formatting and punctuation here in this article:
What titles should be italicized?
When writing an article, the title of a book should be italicized. When it is used in a text along with other words, italicizing the title makes it distinguishable. However, italicizing is only used when the title is mentioned in a text, not in the title pages.
The names of the Movies, such as books, as independent pieces should be italicized in a text.
TV shows are made of two parts: series or episodes. When referring to the series, the name should be italicized but when mentioning a special episode, you should put it in quotation marks rather than writing in italics. For example, My favorite This is Us episode is “The Cabin”.
When writing about the articles, the title of its sources such as a website or a publication should be written in italics but the title of the article should be placed in quotation marks.
The title of a song is placed in the quotation marks but when referring to the name of its album that should be italicized.
Comparing to other forms of written English, the titles of poems are placed in quotation marks; except for epic ones such as Beowulf, or Paradise Lost that are italicized.
The names of the companies are always capitalized. They are not italicized.
If you review different articles in books, newspapers, or other written text you may see different styles but their variations are not considered a grammatical problem. The only articles that are challenging in formatting or punctuation are academic works. To facilitate the process, universities and colleges present the format to the authors.