The core elements of any entry in the Works Cited list are shown in the chart below.The core elements are in the order in which they should appear, followed by the appropriate punctuation mark. The Modern Language Association of America (MLA) publishes the manual.
If an element cannot be found or does not apply to the source being cited, omit that element from the entry. It is commonly referred to it as the "MLA Manual" or the "MLA Handbook".
The English departments at IRSC recommend MLA format for papers written in these fields.
Writers who properly use MLA also build their credibility by demonstrating accountability to their source material.
Most importantly, the use of MLA style can protect writers from accusations of plagiarism, which is the purposeful or accidental uncredited use of source material produced by other writers.
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However, a title you'd place in quotation marks within the body of the paper (such as the title of an article within a journal) will be written in normal lettering and will not be in quotation marks.
The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition was published in April 2016 and adopted by IRSC Libraries in August 2016.
Use italics in a word-processed document for the types of titles you'd underline if you were writing by hand.
A general rule of thumb is that within the text of a paper, italicize the title of complete works but put quotation marks around titles of parts within a complete work.