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Answered By: Jeneen LaSee-Willemssen
Last Updated: Jul 30, 2016     Views: 12785

APA notes in section 4.21 of their Publication Manual that "titles of books, periodicals, films, videos, TV shows, and microfilm publications" are italicized (p. 104). Titles of articles in periodicals and chapters inside books are not italicized.

Which camp web page titles fall into has been an item of contention.

The Publication Manual makes a clear distinction between books and journal articles that just happen to appear on the web and materials that are just web pages:

  • According to Section 7.02 of the Publication Manual, materials that are easily categorized as a traditional type of information (newspaper article, book, magazine article) have their titles italicized.
  • According to Section 7.11 of the Publication Manual, materials that are more difficult to define in a traditional sense (blog posts, discussion group posts) do not have their titles italicized.
  • In neither section are web pages that are just web pages mentioned.

So what do you do? The official APA Blog recently provided some guidance in their "How to Capitalize and Format Reference Titles" entry. There they define webpages as "part of a greater whole" and thus, they say, no italics for web page titles.

One additional reason to not italicize if you do not find the APA Blog to be the reference of note on this issue: our APA software, NoodleTools, has also changed the way it does webpage references to not italicize the titles.

Thus, our model APA references for web pages do not have italicized titles.

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