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This article contains guidelines for presentation of titles of things referred to within Memory Alpha articles. For guidelines relating to the naming of Memory Alpha articles, see naming conventions.


Italic titlesEdit

You should use italics for titles of books, movies, television series, magazines, and the names of starships. Italic markup consists of two single quotes, both before and after the italicized text. In general, if the title is also a link, you can put the italic markup outside the brackets. As a rule of thumb, remember that italics are used for the titles of larger works.

  • Star Trek Encyclopedia, Anslem
    • ''[[Star Trek Encyclopedia]]'', ''Anslem''
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek: Nemesis
    • {{film|4}}, ''Star Trek: Nemesis''
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
    • ''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation]]'', ''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine''
  • USS Voyager, USS Enterprise, USS Intrepid – only the name is italicized, not the classification or designation. Note that most starship types have an associated template which automatically inserts the italics correctly: {{USS}}, {{SS}}, {{HMS}}, {{ISS}}, {{IRW}}, {{IKS}}
    • {{USS|Voyager}}, {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701}}, USS ''Intrepid''

"Quoted" titlesEdit

Use "quotes" for the titles of individual episodes of television shows, short stories, articles, songs, and poems (except for epic poems, e.g. Odyssey and Iliad). There is no special markup needed for quotes - just use the double-quote key both before and after the quoted text. In general, if the title is also a link, you should put the quotes outside the brackets. As a rule of thumb, remember that double quotes are used for the titles of smaller works.

  • "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II", "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky" – note that for episode links, the template {{EpLink}} (or {{e}}) should be used, which automatically adds the quotation marks.
    • {{e|The Best of Both Worlds, Part II}}, "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky"
  • "Far Beyond the Stars", Benny Russell's "Deep Space Nine",
    • "[[Far Beyond the Stars]]", Benny Russell's "Deep Space Nine"
  • "Here's to the Losers", "Beyond Antares"
    • "[[Here's to the Losers]]", "Beyond Antares"
  • "Ode to Spot", "Gaudaal's Lament"
    • "[[Ode to Spot]]", "Gaudaal's Lament"

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