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How do I style names of headers or titled sections that I refer to in my prose?

When you refer to the names of headers or titled sections in a work, you may style them with or without quotation marks as long as you are consistent:

In part 1 of Approaches to Teaching Puig’s Kiss of the Spider Woman, the editors discuss different versions of the novel in the section “Editions and Translations” and various aspects of the author’s life and times in the sections “The Novel and the Author” and “Historical and Political Background.” 
In the January 2017 issue of PMLA, the section Theories and Methodologies contains essays about Homi Bhabha’s work, . . .

Published 1 June 2018

How do I style headings and subheadings in a research paper?

Headings and subheadings can help organize and structure your writing. In general, longer and more complex works warrant more of them than shorter ones. Avoid overusing headings in short projects; they should never be used to compensate for poor structure or to explain an underdeveloped idea.
When headings are called for in your writing project, observe the basic guidelines below.
The paper or chapter title is the first level of heading, and it must be the most prominent.
Headings should be styled in descending order of prominence. After the first level, the other headings are subheadings—that is, they are subordinate.

Published 13 December 2018

Can an MLA list of works cited be divided into subheads like “primary sources” and “secondary sources”?

Subheads are not necessary in works-cited lists for most student work or essay-length publications but can be useful in some lengthy or complex publications geared toward a specialist audience. The important rule of thumb is this: only divide a works-cited list if it helps readers navigate the list. All too often, readers do not know enough about a work to determine where to locate it in a subdivided list.

Grouping entries can sometimes be helpful in books about a single author or a single work. For example, the MLA’s Approaches to Teaching Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, second edition (2014), discusses the various editions of Chaucer’s poem.

Published 10 November 2016

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