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Determining the Title Type

Common Situations

Sample Situations Select this “Title Type”
Work has only one title “Title of Work Being Registered”
Song on a CD or album “Title of Work Being Registered’

Album title if you’re not registering the entire album

“Title of Larger Work”

Album title if you are registering the entire album

“Title of Work Being Registered”

Track title on a CD if you are registering the entire CD

“Contents Titles”
Episode of a TV series “Title of Work Being Registered”
TV series "Series Title”
One article from a magazine “Title of Work Being Registered”

Magazine title if you’re not registering the entire magazine

“Title of Larger Work”
One book in a series “Title of Work Being Registered”

Book series if you’re not registering the entire series

“Series Title”
Previous or alternative title

"Previous or Alternative Title”

More Information on Title Types

Listed below are explanations of each title type.


Title of Work Being Registered

This is the title of the specific work you want to register. It is the main title by which the work is known. The work to be registered could be one work, a collection of works or an individual contribution in a larger work.

ExampleSelect “Title of Work Being Registered” for the title in this column

Select another Title Type for related titles as shown in this column

A novel, song, movie or painting entitled, The Sun Also Sets (no other related title)

The Sun Also Setsn/a
Jane Smith Song Collection (if you are registering all the songs in it)Jane Smith Song CollectionSelect “Contents Titles” for each song title
"Great Fishing Holes," an article published in Stream & Field magazineGreat Fishing HolesSelect “Title of Larger Work” for Stream & Field (Give the volume, number and issue date here, if applicable)
"Midnight," a song on the album, All My BluesMidnight

Select “Title of Larger Work” for All My Blues

Daytime, an album (if you are registering the whole album)DaytimeSelect “Contents Titles” for each track title
Mozart, one book in a series, The Great ComposersMozart

Select “Series Title” for The Great Composers (Give the number within the series here, if applicable)

"Tina Goes Home," An episode of the TV series, All My GrandchildrenTina Goes Home

Select “Series Title” for All My Granchildren (Give the episode number here, if applicable)

Previous or Alternative Title

This is the previous or secondary title by which the particular work you want to register may be known. This may include the title in another language.

ExampleSelect “Title of Work Being Registered” for the title in this columnSelect “Previous or Alternative Title” for title shown in this column
A song, novel, movie or painting entitled, My Old Ohio Home previously known under the title, Take Me Back to CincinnatiMy Old Ohio HomeTake Me Back to Cincinnati
A novel entitled, The Black and the Red, translated from the French novel, Le Noir et le RougeThe Black and the RedLe Noir et le Rouge

Title of Larger Work

This is the title of a larger work in which the work you want to register is included.

ExampleSelect “Title of Work Being Registered” for the title in this columnSelect “Title of Larger Work” for titles as shown in this column
"Melody in G," a song on the album, All of My SongsMelody in GAll of My Songs
"Running a Marathon," an article published in Field & Track magazineRunning a Marathon

Field & Track (Include the issue date, volume, and number here, if applicable.)

"Why I Live at the A&P," a story from the anthology, Stories by American WomenWhy I live at the A&PStories by American Women

Series Title

This is the title of a series of which the work being registered is a part.

Example Select “Title of Work Being Registered” for the title in this columnSelect “Series Title" for the titles shown in this column

Life of Mozart, one book in the series, Lives of Great Composers

Life of MozartLives of Great Composers

"Tina Goes Home," a screenplay for one episode of the TV series, All My Grandchildren

Tina Goes HomeAll My Grandchildren (Give the episode number if applicable)

Contents Title

These are the titles of separate and independent works that appear within a larger work.

ExampleSelect “Title of Work Being Registered” for the title in this columnSelect “Contents Titles” for titles shown in this column
Jane Smith Collection of Songs, contains 3 songs, all of which are being registeredJane Smith Collection of SongsBeautiful Day,
Long Road to Nowhere,
Love in the City
Britney Shields 1st Album, contains 4 songs, all of which are being registeredBritney Shields 1st Album

Young At Last,
Serenade,
Dance All Night,
Love At First Sight