Special Print

Special print refers to the bold, underline, or italics required in some texts. These can be used for emphasis, but they also serve a specific function within writing. Generally, it’s best to use special print sparingly.

1) Underline or italicize the titles of works according to convention.

Books

The Color Purple

Magazines

Time

Newspapers

The New York Times

Plays

King Lear

Films

American Beauty

Television Programs

Survivor

Comic Strips

Dilbert

Electronic Databases

InfoTrac

Websites

Google

Electronic Games

Zuma

2) Underline or italicize the names of spacecraft, aircraft, ships, and trains

The success of the Soviets’ Sputnik galvanized the US space program.

3) Underline or italicize foreign words in an English sentence.

Caroline’s joie de vivre should be a model for all of us.

4) Underline or italicize words, letter, and numbers mentioned as themselves.

Tim assured us that the howling probably came from his bloodhound, HillBilly, but his probably stuck in our minds.