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Referencing guide: Works Cited - Title

Works Cited - Title

Author. Title of sourceTitle of container, Other contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication date, Location.


The Title should be copied exactly as stated in the work itself, except for the formatting and capitalisation. Give the full title, including the subtitle. Use a colon to separate the title from the subtitle.

In MLA, titles are formatted in a way that helps the reader to determine the type of source being cited.


Format the Title in italics if the work is self-contained, e.g. a whole book, a journal/periodical, an entire collection of essays, a television series, a website.

Place the Title "in quotation marks" if it is part of a larger work, e.g. an essay in a collection of essays, an article in a journal/periodical, an episode in a television series, a posting on a website, in a blog, a tweet, etc.

Titles within titles

When a title that is normally italicised appears within a title that is enclosed in quotation marks, it should be italicised

e.g. an article about a television series "What Do We Know about Doctor Who?"

When a title that is normally enclosed in quotation marks appears inside another title that is enclosed in quotation marks, the inner title should be enclosed in single quotation marks

e.g. an article about a poem "The Idea of Creation in 'The Tiger'"

When a title that is normally italicised appears within another italicised title, the inner title uses standard script, i.e. no italics, no quotation marks

e.g. Final Cut: Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven's Gate, the Film that Sank United Artists


Capitalise all the significant words of the title. Unless they appear at the beginning of the title, do not capitalise articles (e.g. a, an, the), prepositions (e.g. of, to, in, against), coordinating conjunctions (e.g. and, because, but, for, if, or, not). 


Style Manual

If you cannot find an example for what you are looking for here, consult the MLA website, or the MLA Handbook (below)  

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