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MLA Boot Camp: Source

MLA Boot Camp


Author. "Title of Source." Title of Container, Other Contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication

Date, Location. 

Rules to Remember

  • Use quotation marks ("Title of Source") if the source is part of a larger work (e.g., a chapter in a book, an individual Web page, an article in a magazine, an article in a newspaper, an article in a scholarly journal, etc). 
  • Place a period at the end of the title. Examples: 
  • For a Self-Contained Work: The Catcher in the Rye. 
  • For a Work That is Part of a Larger Work: "The Red Wheelbarrow." 

Formatting the Title of A Source


MLA Citation for Works-Cited List: 

Micle, Maria. "Stereotypes Regarding Libraries and Librarians: An Approach of Romanian School

and Academic Libraries." Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, vol. 163, Dec. 2014, pp.

92-98. Science Direct,


MLA Citation for Works-Cited List:

Ghosh, Ranjan. "Making Sahitya Matter." Thinking Literature Across Continents, edited

by Ranjan Ghosh and J. Hillis Miller, Duke University Press, 2016, p. 26.

MLA Citation for Works-Cited List:

Ceron, Andrea, et al. Politics and Big Data: Nowcasting and Forecasting Elections with Social Media. Routledge, 2017, eBook Collection (EBSCOhost),

NOTE: Because we are citing the entire source and not just a chapter, we do not use quotation marks around the title. Instead, we treat the title of the source as we would the container of the source. In this case, we italicize the title of the source.

MLA Citation for Works-Cited List:

"Market Analysis." Starting & Managing. U.S. Small Business Administration,


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