How to Format the Title in MLA 8

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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.

 


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