Or you may italicize or underline title otherwise italicized underlined italics and quotation marks are used for titles books, plays other works art these italics however, you should not both italicize and underline a title the conventions of properly marking in mla style can seem confusing, but databases often. Underline (or italicize) titles of books, plays, pamphlets, periodicals (newspapers, magazines, journals), films, television programs, and record albums/cds place within quotation marks newspaper/magazine articles, essays in a book, songs, poems (except long poems published as a book), book chapters, episodes of a. You must change the capitalization of the title to mla style if you reference the title of a work in your paper marking the title: there are three possible ways to mark a title: the use of underlining/italics, quotation marks, or no mark at all the following general rules of thumb may help writers conceptualize the difference. The question of how to style a trilogy or series of books that has no published, official title is less clear for example, would it be the harry potter series (referring to the titular character) or the harry potter series (referring to those seven novels by j k rowling) it makes sense to italicize harry potter, since. Offers examples for the general format of mla research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the works cited page place the title in quotation marks if it's a short work (such as an article) or italicize it if it's a longer work (eg plays, books, television shows, entire web sites) and provide a page number if it is.
Whenever you quote a play in your essay, mla style requires you to include an in -text citation showing where the quote came from for a play, this will include the abbreviated title of the play, and the section of the play in which the quote is found if you are quoting a single character's dialogue, or stage. Formatting titles of texts in mla style general rules every time you mention the title of a work, even in the title of your own essay, you must apply the proper formatting formatting when a work that is normally independent (such as a novel or play) appears in a collection, the work's title remains in italics on writing : a. Mla style is typically used for writing in the humanities and liberal arts, while the style correctly following the mla rules for titles is important so that readers can easily locate sources used in the paper examples of longer works are the titles of books or plays, while shorter works include the titles of poems or songs. To more than one work, use the play's title for example: if one were to write a paper on othello in which he or she quoted only that play, shakespeare would be used in the citation • (shakespeare 33165-171) if one were to write a paper about shakespeare's tragedies in which the author quoted king lear, hamlet, and.
This handout provides a snapshot of modern language association formatting and citation style requirements for formal papers as defined in the mla handbook, 8th a note about titles: italicize titles of books, plays, newspapers, magazines, films, and television programs and put titles of short stories, poems, essays, book. Your works cited list will be the last page of your essay consult the owl handout on mla for further instructions note, however, the following minor things about mla format: titles of books, plays, or works published singularly (not anthologized) should be italicised unless it is a handwritten document,. Researchers place brief parenthetical descriptions to acknowledge which parts of their paper reference particular sources instead, refer to the name of the source in your parenthetical citation in place of the author be sure it also takes the same formatting, ie articles are in quotes and website titles are italicized.
Mla style uses the author's last name and page number with no comma in between for in-text citations the name can be omitted if it depends on the type of work: is it short (essay, poem, short story) or long, like a book (play, movie, book, novel) titles should be. The following information is an adapted version of the style and formatting guidelines found in the mla of an author, the title of the work 165 of a play use quotation marks when you are quoting one character and the passage is three lines or less, as shown in this sample essay on henrik ibsen's a doll. I have a copy of the play, a streetcar named desire that i need to cite in mla style in a research paper if it is part of an anthology, follow this format: title of play title of anthology editor of anthology city of publication: publisher, year of publication page numbers medium of publication example.
Basics of mla formatting titles of large works in general, italicize the titles of works published independently titles to be underlined include the names of books, plays, long poems published as books, pamphlets, periodicals ( newspapers, magazines, and journals), films, radio and television programs, compact. Mla style: handling quotations in your text general format an mla essay should be typed, double-spaced on standard-sized paper (85 x 11 inches) with margins of 1 inch on all sides unless requested, a title page is unnecessary instead, you should provide a double-spaced header in the top left corner of the first. Typically, you should use a block quotation when the quotation extends more than four typed lines (in mla style) or extends 40 words or longer (in apa titles of short or minor works songs short stories essays short poems one act plays other literary works shorter than a three act play or complete.