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As far as I'm aware, titles are supposed to be italicised if Rich Text Formatting is available but wrapped in quotation marks if in a plaintext environment.

So, what is the correct way to show a title's possession in plaintext?

Consider the following example:

The 2nd Law's Animals

The following just doesn't seem right:

"The 2nd Laws"'s "Animals"

  • I'm not sure what you mean by "a title's possession". – Matt Gutting Mar 18 '15 at 20:27
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    The obvious workaround is: "Animals" from "The 2nd Law". – Peter Shor Mar 18 '15 at 20:40
  • @Matt Gutting Well, as per my example, an album has songs but the names of both are titles and should be formatted appropriately whilst also denoting possession. – mythofechelon Mar 18 '15 at 20:40
  • Ah. It wasn't clear to me that one was a song title and the other an album title, nor where they stopped and started. – Matt Gutting Mar 18 '15 at 20:49
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The MLA Handbook doesn't specify behavior here, and this article seems to suggest other style guides don't either. In general, you should try to reword the sentence to not require such an awkward structure.

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