How should I capitalize the title of a handout?
Note: This post relates to content in the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook. For up-to-date guidance, see the ninth edition of the MLA Handbook.
Capitalize the title of a handout title style; that is, “capitalize the first word, the last word, and all principal words” (MLA Handbook 67). Below are some examples:
Commonly Misspelled Words
Errors Found during Testing
Fire Drill Procedures
How to Search the Web
Since these handouts are stand-alone works, they are styled in italics. A handout that is part of a larger work would be styled in quotation marks—a book chapter, for example:
“Hierarchy” (a chapter from Caroline Levine’s book Forms)
MLA Handbook. 8th ed., Modern Language Association of America, 2016.