Proper essay titles

Punctuating titles can be tricky, especially because different types of titles require different notations and typography. Depending on the type of title, you may need to capitalize the title, underline the title, or use quotation marks around the title to ensure it is punctuated properly. You may also be creating a title for an original work written by you, citing it in a text, or a published work written by someone else, citing it as a reference in your bibliography. Depending on the expectations of your professor or teacher, you may also be required to use the more common MLA style or the less common APA style.


A webpage

Author(s). Name of Page. Date of Posting/Revision. Date of

Access. <electronic address>.

Note: It is necessary to list your date of access because web postings are often updated, and information available at one date may no longer be available later. Be sure to include the complete address for the site. Also, note the use of angled brackets around the electronic address; MLA requires them for clarity.



An article in an online journal or magazine

Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journal Volume. Issue

(Year): Pages/Paragraphs. Date of Access <electronic

address>.

Note: Some electronic journals and magazines provide paragraph or page numbers; include them if available. This format is also appropriate to online
magazines; as with a print version, you should provide a complete publication date rather than volume and issue number.



Email

Author. Email to the author. Date.

Note: This same format may be used for personal interviews or personal letters. You need only change the designation accordingly.



A listserv posting

Author. "Title of Posting." Online posting. Date. Name of

listserv. Date of access <electronic address for retrieval>.



An electronic database (such as NewsBank, Ethnic NewsWatch, or Broadcast News)

Provide the bibliographic data for the original source as for any other of its genre, then add the name of the database along with relevant retrieval data (such as version number and/or transcript or abstract number).

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