which is an example of a container on an mla citation for a website
In addition to standardizing the core elements required for a citation, MLA 8th also introduces the concept of containers. MLA states:
“The concept of containers is crucial to MLA style. When the source being documented forms part of a larger whole, the larger whole can be thought of as a container that holds the source. For example, a short story may be contained in an anthology. The short story is the source, and the anthology is the container.”
The “title of container” applies only if the source you are citing is a part of a larger work. Examples of sources that have containers are articles or information from a website.
An article would have a title of container in its citation because the title of the article itself would be the title of source, while the title of the periodical it is published in would be the title of container. For example, if you are citing an article from The New York Times titled “The Hunt for an Alaskan Bumblebee” the title of the source is “The Hunt for an Alaskan Bumblee,” while The New York Times is referred to as the title of the container.
Containers are used when a source lies within another source. For example, a book could be cited as a whole and stand alone without a container. But if you are only citing one chapter within a whole book, the book becomes the “container” in which the chapter is found. Articles are part of a whole journal (the container) and an online journal may be found within a database (a secondary container) of journals.
MLA has created a downloadable Practice Template to guide writers in building correct Works Cited list citations.
The works cited should include as many core elements as are relevant to the source as possible. The list below, taken directly from the MLA style handbook, lists the elements for each source in the order they should appear in a citation. MLA 8th edition only uses periods and commas to indicate the end of an element, as noted in the list below.