I am writing a paper in APA about a government funded program. Do I italicize the name of the program?


APA requires the use of italics for:

  • Titles of books, journals and periodicals, films, and videos
  • Introduction of new key technical term or label
  • Anchors of scale
  • Words, phrases, or letters presented as linguistic examples
  • General/scientific names, species, and varieties
  • Letters in statistical symbols or algebraic variables
  • When a reader might not see the intended emphasis or misinterpret the use of a word in a sentence.

The name of a government funded program does not belong into any of these categories. So the answer to your question is no.

For sake of completenes, here is when APA forbids the use of italics:

  • Emphasis
  • Foreign phrases common in English
  • Greek letters
  • Nonstatistical subscripts to statistical symbols
  • Chemical terms

By the way, I found this information simply by googling for "APA italics".

  • APA allows authors some flexibility in using italics for emphasis. I certainly support that and have used it, based on my judgement and context at hand. +1 – Aleksandr Blekh Jun 29 '15 at 22:44

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