Posts related to titles of works
How do I identify the title of my digital project when submitting a separate works-cited list?
The MLA Handbook offers suggestions for including information about sources used in digital projects (127–28). If you are unable to include a list of works cited… Read More
Should individual tale titles in The Canterbury Tales be set in quotation marks?
Yes. Student writers should place the titles of individual tales in quotation marks. This follows from the MLA Handbook’s general guideline for the styling of titles:… Read More
In MLA style, should any part of a two-word preposition, such as according to, be capitalized in a title?
A preposition that is not at the start or end of a title should be lowercased, no matter how many words compose it and no… Read More
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