The title of source is the second core element in the Works Cited entry and it is required for every work you cite. In general, the title of a work is taken from the title page of the publication.
- List the full title as it is written on the source. Exceptions to this rule are for standardization of capitalization and subtitle punctuation.
- Capitalize all principal words (nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.). Do not capitalize articles, prepositions, or conjunctions when they fall in the middle of a title.
- Separate a subtitle with a colon and a space.
- Italicize titles if the source is self-contained and independent. Titles of books, periodicals, databases, and Web sites are italicized.
- 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.
- If a source (such as a letter, an untitled artwork, etc.) does not have an official title, provide a description of the source without quotation mark or italicization.
Danticat, Edwidge. Brother, I'm Dying. Knopf, 2007.
Chapter title in a book or an anthology:
Howard, Rebecca Moore. “Avoiding Sentence Fragments.” Writing Matters: A Handbook for Writing and Research, 2nd ed., McGraw Hill, 2014, pp. 600-10.
Article title from Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers:
Houtman, Eveline. “Mind-Blowing: Fostering Self-Regulated Learning in Information Literacy Instruction.” Communications in Information Literacy, vol. 9, no. 1, 2015, pp. 6-18. ERIC, www.eric.ed.gov/contentdelivery/servlet/ERICServlet?accno=EJ1089286 .
When there is a title (such as a book title) in the "Title of Source" within quotation marks, italicize the title:
Stranske, Marilyn. "Choose Your Poison: A Review of Fast Food Nation." Social Policy, no. 3, 2002, p. 26. EBSCOhost, ezproxy.skylinecollege.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edsggo&AN=edsgcl.87011348&site=eds-live.
Song title from an album or a Compact Disc:
Coltrane, John. "Giant Steps." The Last Giant: The John Coltrane Anthology, Rhino, 1993.
Meade, Rita. "It's Not Too Late to Advocate." Screwy Decimal, 1 June 2016, www.screwydecimal.com/2016/06/its-not-too-late-to-advocate.html.
Meade, Rita. Screwy Decimal. 2010-16, www.screwydecimal.com/.
Frank, Ann. Letter to Christiane van Maarsen. 28 Mar. 1942.
Africano, Nicolas. A woman's head wrap with bandana, 2007, De Young Museum, San Francisco, California.
The information above is mostly adapted from IRSC Libraries.