Posts related to titles of works
If a book title within an essay title is not italicized in the source, should I italicize it in my works-cited-list entry?
Yes. A title within a title should be styled according to the guidelines in section 1.2.4 of the MLA Handbook, regardless of how a title within… Read More
Should I italicize titles not written in the Latin alphabet?
No. Note that there are many languages in the world that do not have an italic font—Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Armenian, for example. Arabic sometimes uses a… Read More
If the title of an essay I am citing is also the name of a work that normally appears in italics, how should I style the name of the essay?
If the title of an essay consists solely of the title of a work normally styled in italics, the title of the work should be… Read More
When creating a sortable list of alphabetized titles, where should the initial article be placed?
In an index or sortable list of titles, MLA style follows the The Chicago Manual of Style, which recommends placing initial articles at the end of the… Read More
If a title includes a period at the end, do I include the period?
Yes. If a title ends with a punctuation mark, include the mark: The Band Perry opened their set with the song “Done.,” the second track… Read More
How do I distinguish between different dictionary entries for the same term in my in-text citation?
To distinguish between different dictionary entries for the same term, follow the principle in our previous post on distinguishing between works with the same title:… Read More
How do I cite a work that is republished with a different title?
If you are citing a work that has been published with a new title, list the title of the version you are citing in your works-cited-list… Read More
Why does the MLA capitalize certain words in titles?
MLA style’s rules for capitalization are intended to help authors remain consistent while also respecting the ways in which titles have traditionally been styled in… Read More