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, style.mla.org/2017/10/18/names-of-fictional-characters/.
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.