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. Place titles in quotation marks if the source is part of a larger work articles, essays, chapters, poems, web pages, songs, and speeches are placed in quotation marks sometimes titles will contain other titles for example, a journal article about a novel, short story, play, film, etc may mention the title of the. The following list offers guidance on how to handle the many diverse titles, works, and events referenced in college communications, including titles of published lecture, individual, quotes, 886 magazines, italics, 8166 meetings, nothing, 869 movies, italics, 8185 newspapers, italics, 8166 operas, italics, 8189. Modern language association (mla) 7 th ed note: italicizing titles is now required whereas underlining was required in the past if citing a film viewed on videotape or dvd: in-text citation: (nolan, dark knight) film/video citations usually follow this format: title in italics dir name perf names distributor name, release. Usually students try to decide which style to choose in writing title of the movie they are analyzing should one use italics or underline the title, or maybe quotation marks are better maybe you need to do all of this at once our professional and competent essay writers affirm that films titles, books, songs etc should be.
When writing about other works, it's hard to decide when to underline (or place in italics) a title and when to place it in double quotations note that i really enjoy the original star trek tv series, especially the episode return of the archons, and the first three star wars films, especially the empire strikes back, okay ex. If the name of the interview is part of a larger work like a book, a television program, or a film series, place the title of the interview in quotation marks place the title of the larger work in italics if the interview appears as an independent title, italicize it for books, include the author or editor name after the. Please consult the mla handbook for further guidance or examples 1 titles italicise the titles of books, journals, plays, newspapers, films, and television or titles of articles, essays, short stories, poems and chapters in a book, in other words all works that appear in larger works, should be enclosed in quotation marks. How to properly punctuate titles: when to use italics, underlining, and quotation marks, as well as correct capitalization properly punctuating titles properly punctuating titles of literature, music, art, movies, and other works can be confusing, and the rules aren't always consistent from resource to.
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. Punctuating titles: when to use italics, underlining, and quotation marks it's easy for title of a film obey your thirst ex: star wars episode ii: attack of the clones 7) title of individual episode in a title of a television series as a whole television case, and the current edition of mla favors italics if you submit. Mla style uses the author's last name and page number with no comma in between for in-text citations titles of works that are a volume in themselves, such as books, magazines, newspapers, plays, and movies, should be set off with underlining or italics:.
Formatting titles gives some writers a headache should the title of songs, stories, movies, books, screenplays, etc be in italics or quotes when you're trying to remember if you're supposed to use underlining or italics or quotation marks for titles, here are a few simple rules from writer's relief remember. The following overview should help you better understand how to cite sources using mla eighth edition, including the list of works cited and in-text citations please use title of source the title of the source should follow the author's name depending upon the type of source, it should be listed in italics or quotation marks. Movies, as well as a television series as a whole, like friends, are considered long works, and are therefore italicized this does not mean you cannot use underlining, but most modern literature, citation, and style guides agree that italics is the correct way to go when considering whether to underline or italicize movie titles.
Wall street journal (newspaper) its a wonderful life (film) titles of shorter works use quotation marks for the titles of works published within larger works such titles include the names of articles, essays, short stories, short poems, chapters of books, individual episodes of television and radio programs, and short musical. How to cite a film/movie structure: title dir first m last perf first m last distributor, year published media type screen shot 2014-04-01 at 114551 am example: little miss sunshine dir jonathan dayton and valerie faris perf greg kinnear, steve carell, toni collette, paul dano, abigail breslin, and alan arkin. Formatting titles of texts in mla style general rules these rules apply to titles in the text, in parenthetical citations, and in works cited page entries a title appears the same way no matter where in a document it appears no titles are underlined titles never get both quotation marks and italics every time you mention the.