Should I include a column title when I am citing an article from a print publication or website?

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.

A column is a regular feature in a periodical publication like a magazine or newspaper. Columns are a way of branding or organizing information and do not need to be included in a works-cited-list entry if the work has a title; however, if you wish to include a column title, insert it in the middle optional-element slot after the title of the source:

Kuperberg, Ethan. “Nuclear Mindfulness.” Shouts and Murmurs. The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2017, p. 31.

“How Do I Style the Names of Fictional Characters?” Ask the MLA. The MLA Style Center, Modern Language Association of America, 18 Oct. 2017,

When the column title is effectively the work’s title, include it:

Schulman, Erin. Study Tips of the Week. Barrington High School Newspaper, 12 Sept. 2017, p. 5.

A column title is distinct from the section name of a print newspaper. See our post on newspaper sections.