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Editorial Style Guide

General Style Preferences

Italics and Underlining
Italics are used for:

For readability, avoid using italics for emphasis in running text as much as possible. Use italics instead of underlining for book titles in running text. Do not use italics in headlines or course titles.

When a title or sentence is italicized, a word that normally would be italicized in running text—such as a foreign word, the scientific name of a plant or animal, or a ship—should appear in roman type. This is called reverse italics. For example, the scientific genus names appear in roman type in this title: From Homo erectus to Homo sapiens: A Brief History.

When writing for online publication:





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