All major words -- such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and pronouns -- are capitalized. Minor words -- such as prepositions, conjunctions and articles -- are lower case unless it is the first word of the title. APA also specifies that all words more than four letters should be capitalized: Gone With the Wind. APA uses sentence case capitalization for movie titles in reference lists, which means only the first word of a title and proper nouns names of specific people, places or things are capitalized: For whom the bell tolls.
In AP style, movie titles are placed in quotes. Note that the normal rules for quotes within quotes still apply. Here are two examples:. AP style uses title case capitalization for movie titles.
However, the AP stylebook specifies that any word that is four or more letters as well as the first and last word of a title should always be capitalized. Jon Zamboni began writing professionally in He has previously written for The Spiritual Herald, an urban health care and religious issues newspaper based in New York City, and online music magazine eBurban. Your citation should now look something like this: Specify which format you used to watch the movie.
End with a period. Include both the original and format release dates. This will switch up your order of elements a bit. After your list of performers or the director , type out the original release date and then add a period. Next, type the distributor, a comma, the format release date, and a period. End with the format type.
Add the website and date you watched for online movies. After the release date, specify which online platform you used to watch the movie.
Put it in italics. Separate each of these components with periods. Organize the list in alphabetical order. Check the first letter of each citation in your Works Cited. List them in alphabetical order, going from A to Z. Indent the second lines of all of your citations 0. Put the period after the second parenthesis. You should still include the title in italics as well. You might also choose to write about an individual actor.
This acts like your page numbers for readers.
The formatting and capitalization of a movie title depends on the style guide you are using for your paper. The Modern Language Association, American Psychological Association and Chicago style place movie titles in italics, while Associated Press style uses quotes for such titles.
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. Name of an act or scene in a movie or a play: Title of a television or radio series Is it the same for MLA writing? Thanks Sara, Librarian: Lesa, Rasmussen College doesn.
D. MLA 1. Essay Format 2. Formatting a Works Cited Page 3. Creating Works Cited Entries 4. Core Elements of Works Cited Entries 5. Citing Sources in the Text 6. Citing Literary Works in the Text 7. Formatting Titles of Texts E. APA F. Chicago; IV. Using Sources Home ; Questions about the Stylebook?. dealing with titles in mla format by Dr. Harold William Halbert The conventions of properly marking a title in MLA style can seem confusing, but the basic issues deal with 1) capitalization and 2) marking the title.