How To Type Article Titles In Essays Mla

Formatting

Summary:

This handout provides examples and description about writing papers in literature. It discusses research topics, how to begin to research, how to use information, and formatting.

Contributors:Mark Dollar, Purdue OWL
Last Edited: 2017-10-25 10:18:45

What about MLA format?

All research papers on literature use MLA format, as it is the universal citation method for the field of literary studies. Whenever you use a primary or secondary source, whether you are quoting or paraphrasing, you will make parenthetical citations in the MLA format [Ex. (Smith 67).] Your Works Cited list will be the last page of your essay. Consult the OWL handout on MLA for further instructions.

Note, however, the following minor things about MLA format:

  • Titles of books, plays, or works published singularly (not anthologized) should be italicised unless it is a handwritten document, in which case underlining is acceptable. (Ex. Hamlet, Great Expectations)
  • Titles of poems, short stories, or works published in an anthology will have quotation marks around them. (Ex. "Ode to a Nightingale," "The Cask of Amontillado")
  • All pages in your essay should have your last name the page number in the top right hand corner. (Ex. Jones 12)
    Tip

    If you're using Microsoft Word, you can easily include your name and page number on each page by following the these steps:

    1. Open "View" (on the top menu).
    2. Open "Header and Footer." (A box will appear at the top of the page you're on. And a "Header and Footer" menu box will also appear).
    3. Click on the "align right" button at the top of the screen. (If you're not sure which button it is, hold the mouse over the buttons and a small window should pop up telling you which button you're on.)
    4. Type in your last name and a space.
    5. Click on the "#" button which is located on the "Header and Footer" menu box. It will insert the appropriate page number.
    6. Click "Close" on the "Header and Footer" window.

    That's all you need to do. Word will automatically insert your name and the page number on every page of your document.

What else should I remember?

  • Don't leave a quote or paraphrase by itself-you must introduce it, explain it, and show how it relates to your thesis.
  • Block format all quotations of more than four lines.
  • When you quote brief passages of poetry, line and stanza divisions are shown as a slash (Ex. "Roses are red, / Violets are blue / You love me / And I like you").
  • For more help, see the OWL handout on using quotes.

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Remember that MLA 8 standardizes the formatting, making it easier to cite your sources.  The following is a guide to citing different types of title using MLA 8.

 

How to Cite Book Titles in MLA 8

When citing book titles using the MLA 8 format, always enter the full title, in italics, followed by a period.  

 

The citation format is as follows:

Last Name, First Name. Italicized Title. Publisher, Publication Year.

 

The full citation might look like this:

Sparks, Nicholas. The Notebook. Warner Books, 1996.

 

If there is a subtitle, place it after the title, using a colon to separate them.  The subtitle should also be in italics.

 

The citation format is as follows:

Last Name, First Name. Italicized Title: SubTitle. Publisher,

Publication Year.

 

The full citation might look like this:

Weiland, K.M. Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an

Outstanding Story. PenForA Sword, 2013.

 

If the source is part of a larger work, such as an essay, chapter, short story, or poem, place the title in quotation marks, making sure to put a period at the end of the title. Follow it with the title of the larger work, in italics, with a comma at the end.  

 

The citation format is as follows:

Last Name, First Name. “Title.: Italicized Larger Work Title, Editor first 

and last name, Publisher, Publication Year, Page Numbers.

 

The full citation might look like this:

Langer, A.J. “Lessons in Friendships.” Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul:

101 Stories of Life, Love and Learning, edited by Jack Canfield, et al.,

Simon & Schuster, 1997, pp. 56-62.

 

How to Cite Periodical Titles in MLA 8

When citing periodicals in MLA 8, place the title of the article in quotes, with a period at the end of  the title.  The italicised title of the periodical follows, along with a comma.

 

The citation format is as follows:

Last Name, First Name. “Title of the Article.” Periodical Title.”

Publication Year, Page Numbers.

 

The full citation might look like this:

Barack, Lauren. “Y is for Yoga: Libraries Embrace the Practice to

Ease Stress and Promote Literacy.” The School Library Journal,

January 2015, pp. 23-28.

 

How to Cite Television Shows in MLA 8:

If you’re citing a television show, place the title of the episode first, followed with a period.  The title of the series follows in italics, along with a comma.

 

The citation format is as follows:

“Title of the Episode.” Title of the Series, Author of the show,

Season Number, Episode Number, Network, Air Date.

 

The full citation might look like this:

“Dunder, Mifflin, Infinity.”  The Office, written by Michael Schur,

season 4, episode 3, NBC, 2007.

 

How to Cite Websites in MLA 8:

These days much of our information comes from digital resources, such as websites.  When citing websites, place the title of the article in quotation marks, with a period at the end of the title.  Follow with the name of the website in italics, followed by a comma, and ending with the website URL.  

 

The citation format is as follows:

“Title of the Article.” Name of the Website. URL.

 

The full citation might look like this:

“What are Annotated Bibliographies?.” Easybib, easybib.com.

 

How to Cite Songs in MLA 8:

If you need to cite a song, place the title of the song in quotation marks, with a period at the end of the title.  Follow with the title of the album in italics, with a comma at the end.

 

The citation format is as follows:

Last Name, First Name. “Song Title.” Album Title, Record Company, Release Year.

 

The full citation might look like this:

Sinatra, Frank. “Summer Wind..” Strangers in the Night, Reprise, 1966.

 

How to Cite Untitled Works in MLA 8:

If a source doesn’t have a title, include the creator of the source and a brief description. Do not italicize or place this information in quotation marks.

 

The citation format is as follows:

Last Name, First Name. Title of the work. Year, Location of the Work, City, State.

 

The full citation might look like this:

Johnson, Sarah. Painting of a Horse. 1984, PS 86, Bronx, NY.

 

How to Cite Email Messages in MLA 8:

When citing email messages in MLA 8, the subject of the email is the title. Place the title in quotation marks, with a period at the end of the subject.

 

The citation format is as follows:

Sender Last Name, Sender First Name. “Subject of the Email.” Receiver First Name and Last Name, Date Sent.

 

The full citation might look like this:

Morgan, Michael. “Re: Meeting this afternoon.” Received by Michele Kirschenbaum, 18 April, 2016.

 


 

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