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(The core elements are required for each citation)
Note: The examples on the right demonstrate how to cite sources located in a container that is housed inside a larger container.
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3a. Title of Container:
The eighth edition adds containers to MLA style, which is the larger collection that "contains" the original source. For example,
a book of poems is considered a container, but the original poem is the source. Container titles are italicized and followed by a
comma because the remaining information describes the container.
Collection of Short Stories: A container.
Television Series: A container.
3b. Container within a Container:
Occasionally, you'll find a container that is located inside a larger container. A collection of short stories on Google Books is
one example where the collection of stories (the container) is located within a larger container (Google Books).
Television Series on Netflix: A container within a container.
Article in a Database: A container within a container.