The Title of Source is what the Author created. It is usually prominently displayed near the Author's name and easy to find for most sources.
However, some sources, such as memes or a TikTok, do not have a given title. When there is no given title, briefly describe the source in your own words to create a title.
The Title of Source is the second most important Core Element for your works cited entry. It becomes the start of the entry when there is no Author named. When Title of Source starts the entry, the entry is placed in alphabetical order by it. Make sure to ignore leading articles such as The, A, and An when alphabetizing by Title of Source.
Some works have subtitles that explain or describe the the title. The subtitle is usually the part after a colon [ : ] or a dash [ -- ]. Include the subtitle in the works cited entry.
Some sources stand alone while others are part of a larger whole, which in MLA speak is called being inside a Container. Knowing if your source stands alone or is in a container determines how you will style the Title of Source in the works cited entry.
Does it stand alone?
Some examples: Books. Plays. Films.
Is it inside a Container (part of a larger whole)?
Some examples: "Article on a Website." "Video on YouTube." "Journal Article." "Story on a News Site."
Look near the top of the source and near the author's name.
The Title of Source is its own sentence.
No matter how the title is appears on the source itself, it should be put in title case on the works cited list.
Title Case refers to capitalizing all the major words in the title. Each citation style has its own particulars, and MLA's are found in section 2.90 - 2.98 in the manual.
Sources that stand alone, such as a book or a movie, are italicized.
Sources contained in a larger work, such as an article in a journal or a story on a news site, should be placed inside quotation marks. The period is also inside.
These examples show where the Title of Source element fits within the bigger works cited entry