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If I'm naming the title of my source (e.g., a book title) in my text, should I put the title in quotation marks?

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The titles of resources seldom appear in text because title information is available in the references. The important information for your reader is the author's name and what the author said, whereas the title of the resource simply indicates where the information was published. If you think the title of the resource is critical information and therefore needs to be included in your text, please note that authors should "use italics for titles of books, periodicals, films, videos, TV shows, and microfilm publications. . . . Words within the title of a book in text that would normally be italicized should be set in Roman type (this is referred to as reverse italicization)" (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 104) e.g., Dreaming by the Book: Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams and the History of the Psychoanalytic Movement. For more information on how to format resource titles in text and in references, please see "How to Capitalize and Format Reference Titles in APA Style" from the APA Style Blog.


American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. 

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