6.b. Citing Online – Titles

  • Title: This most basic of citation elements can be surprisingly difficult to pick out on a Web page. Is the title the words in the biggest type on the page, words in the banner, the filename in the top bar of the browser, …? When trying to decide between competing elements for title on a Web page, choose the one that is most descriptive of the page’s content. Because the title is so important in conveying a sense of the relevance of the source to your reader, you might also include an annotation, a brief description of the content, after the citation if the Web page’s title is missing or irrelevant.  
    Example: identifying the title
  • Parent publication title: While you always want to use the title and URL of the actual page you are citing, sometimes it can provide a helpful context to also include information about the parent or overall Web site in the citation. Typical print publications with ‘parents’ are journal articles, which includes both an article title and a journal title, and book chapters, which include both the chapter title and the book title.
    Russell, Tony, Allen Brizee, Elizabeth Angeli, and Russell Keck. MLA Formatting and Style Guide. Purdue University Online Writing Lab, 2012. Web. 9 Aug. 2012.
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