When to use italics in writing and referencing
The APA 6th Edition style manual states: "In general, use italics infrequently" (p. 104).
Use italics for:
- titles of books, periodicals, films
- introduction of a new, technical, or key term or label (after the first use, do not italicise)
- letter, words or phrases given as a linguistic example
Do not use italics for:
- commonly used (in English) foreign language phrases
- emphasis, unless the emphasis might be misread
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.