Rules for Using Italics
Use italics in the following situations: Examples:
to indicate titles of complete or major works such as magazines, books, newspapers, academic journals, films, television programs, long poems, and plays Steinbeck wrote Of Mice and Men.

The Simpsons is a funny television show about American culture and family life.

foreign words that are not commonly used in English Wearing blue jeans is de rigueur for most college students.
words which are being discussed or explained The English word nuance comes from a Middle French word meaning "shades of color."
words or phrases that are being emphasized The very founding principles of our nation are in danger!

Source: Purdue's Online Writing Lab