Do You Italicize Article Titles?

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Published September 2, 2020. Updated September 24, 2021.

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In MLA 7 and 8, titles of books, journals, websites, albums, blogs, movies, tv shows, magazines, and newspapers should all be italicized.

Titles of articles, episodes, interviews, songs, should be in quotes.

In APA, use italics for titles of books, scholarly journals, periodicals, films, videos, television shows, and microfilm publications. Quotation marks or italics are not required for articles, webpages, songs, episodes, etc. Think of it this way: if the source is a collection of smaller sources or could be cited on its own, it should be in italics. If not, then it shouldn’t.


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How do I write the title of an article in MLA?

The article title does not appear in in-text citations. It appears only in the corresponding works-cited-list entry. To cite the article title in MLA style in your works cited list, you need to follow the format given in the below template. An example of an article written by a single author is given for your understanding.

Works cited list template and example

The title of the article is in plain text and title case; it is placed inside quotation marks. Follow the punctuation and formatting as given in the example.

Template:

Surname, First Name. “Title of the Article.” Journal Title, volume #, issue #, publication date, page range.

Example:

Etchells, Tim. “On the Skids: Some Years of Acting Animals.” Performance Research, vol. 5, no. 2, 2000, pp. 55–60.

Should an article title be italicized?

The article title of a journal, newspaper, or magazine is never italicized in either APA or MLA style. In APA style, the article title is given in plain text and sentence case. In MLA style, the article title is written in title case and given in quotation marks.