Mla Format A Book Title In An Essay

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Remember that MLA 8 standardizes the formatting, making it easier to cite your sources.  The following is a guide to citing different types of title using MLA 8.

 

How to Cite Book Titles in MLA 8

When citing book titles using the MLA 8 format, always enter the full title, in italics, followed by a period.  

 

The citation format is as follows:

Last Name, First Name. Italicized Title. Publisher, Publication Year.

 

The full citation might look like this:

Sparks, Nicholas. The Notebook. Warner Books, 1996.

 

If there is a subtitle, place it after the title, using a colon to separate them.  The subtitle should also be in italics.

 

The citation format is as follows:

Last Name, First Name. Italicized Title: SubTitle. Publisher,

Publication Year.

 

The full citation might look like this:

Weiland, K.M. Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an

Outstanding Story. PenForA Sword, 2013.

 

If the source is part of a larger work, such as an essay, chapter, short story, or poem, place the title in quotation marks, making sure to put a period at the end of the title. Follow it with the title of the larger work, in italics, with a comma at the end.  

 

The citation format is as follows:

Last Name, First Name. “Title.: Italicized Larger Work Title, Editor first 

and last name, Publisher, Publication Year, Page Numbers.

 

The full citation might look like this:

Langer, A.J. “Lessons in Friendships.” Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul:

101 Stories of Life, Love and Learning, edited by Jack Canfield, et al.,

Simon & Schuster, 1997, pp. 56-62.

 

How to Cite Periodical Titles in MLA 8

When citing periodicals in MLA 8, place the title of the article in quotes, with a period at the end of  the title.  The italicised title of the periodical follows, along with a comma.

 

The citation format is as follows:

Last Name, First Name. “Title of the Article.” Periodical Title.”

Publication Year, Page Numbers.

 

The full citation might look like this:

Barack, Lauren. “Y is for Yoga: Libraries Embrace the Practice to

Ease Stress and Promote Literacy.” The School Library Journal,

January 2015, pp. 23-28.

 

How to Cite Television Shows in MLA 8:

If you’re citing a television show, place the title of the episode first, followed with a period.  The title of the series follows in italics, along with a comma.

 

The citation format is as follows:

“Title of the Episode.” Title of the Series, Author of the show,

Season Number, Episode Number, Network, Air Date.

 

The full citation might look like this:

“Dunder, Mifflin, Infinity.”  The Office, written by Michael Schur,

season 4, episode 3, NBC, 2007.

 

How to Cite Websites in MLA 8:

These days much of our information comes from digital resources, such as websites.  When citing websites, place the title of the article in quotation marks, with a period at the end of the title.  Follow with the name of the website in italics, followed by a comma, and ending with the website URL.  

 

The citation format is as follows:

“Title of the Article.” Name of the Website. URL.

 

The full citation might look like this:

“What are Annotated Bibliographies?.” Easybib, easybib.com.

 

How to Cite Songs in MLA 8:

If you need to cite a song, place the title of the song in quotation marks, with a period at the end of the title.  Follow with the title of the album in italics, with a comma at the end.

 

The citation format is as follows:

Last Name, First Name. “Song Title.” Album Title, Record Company, Release Year.

 

The full citation might look like this:

Sinatra, Frank. “Summer Wind..” Strangers in the Night, Reprise, 1966.

 

How to Cite Untitled Works in MLA 8:

If a source doesn’t have a title, include the creator of the source and a brief description. Do not italicize or place this information in quotation marks.

 

The citation format is as follows:

Last Name, First Name. Title of the work. Year, Location of the Work, City, State.

 

The full citation might look like this:

Johnson, Sarah. Painting of a Horse. 1984, PS 86, Bronx, NY.

 

How to Cite Email Messages in MLA 8:

When citing email messages in MLA 8, the subject of the email is the title. Place the title in quotation marks, with a period at the end of the subject.

 

The citation format is as follows:

Sender Last Name, Sender First Name. “Subject of the Email.” Receiver First Name and Last Name, Date Sent.

 

The full citation might look like this:

Morgan, Michael. “Re: Meeting this afternoon.” Received by Michele Kirschenbaum, 18 April, 2016.

 


 

Simply put: no.

APA's Publication Manual (2010) indicates that, in the body of your paper, you should use italics for the titles of:

  • books
  • periodicals (journals, magazines, newspapers)
  • films
  • videos
  • TV shows
  • Microfilm publications

Beyond APA's specific examples, know that certain types of titles are almost always written in italics. 

Use italics in a word-processed document for the types of titles you'd underline if you were writing by hand.  A general rule of thumb is that within the text of a paper, italicize the title of complete works but put quotation marks around titles of parts within a complete work. 

The table below isn't comprehensive, but it's a good starting point

Titles in ItalicsTitles Placed in "Quotation Marks"
Title of a periodical (magazine, journal, newspaper)              Title of article in a periodical
Title of a book   Title of a chapter in a book
Title of a movie or playName of an act or scene in a movie or a play
Title of a television or radio series   Title of an episode within a tv or radio series
Title of a musical album or CDTitle of a song
Title of a long poemTitle of a short poem
Names of operas or long musical composition
Names of paintings and sculptures

Title of a short story

On an APA-style reference page, the rules for titles are a little different.  In short, a title you would italicize within the body of a paper will also be italicized on a reference page.  However, a title you'd place in quotation marks within the body of the paper (such as the title of an article within a journal) will be written in normal lettering and will not be in quotation marks.

Here are some examples:

Smith (2001) research is fully described in the Journal of Higher Education.

Smith's (2001) article "College Admissions See Increase" was published in the Journal of Higher Education after his pivotal study on the admissions process.

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