What is MLA Format?
MLA Format is a citation format created by the Modern Language Association. It is used for research papers in many college and academic classes, including English classes.
Why Cite Sources?
- Lend authority and credibility to your work
- Allow readers (including your instructor!) to cross‐reference sources easily
- Provide consistent format
- Acknowledge academic debts and avoid plagiarism
What Are Citation Formats?
Citation formats are rules and guidelines that make writing styles uniform within a specific work or publication. They cover the following:
- Layout of the paper (margins, spaces between lines, font size, etc.)
- Documentation of sources within the paper (called in-text citation or parenthetical citation)
- Documentation of sources at the end of the paper (called Works Cited in MLA and References in APA)
There are many citation formats. Some of the more commonly used ones are MLA format, APA format, and Chicago format.
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