- Modern Language Association Style of Referencing (MLA Refe...
Modern Language Association Style of Referencing (MLA Referencing)
The Modern Language Association of America (MLA)
first published the Modern Language Association Referencing Style
in 1985. Since then, the MLA referencing style has been widely used
in academic writing in Humanities subjects, especially in writing
on literature and language.
Now on its
7th edition, the Modern Language Association Style
handbook provides comprehensive and updated guidelines on the MLA
style of referencing. The MLA style follows the parenthetical
documentation system which makes use of citations within the text
and a corresponding reference list (normally titled 'Works Cited')
at the end of the paper.
referencing style may be similar in some aspects to other
referencing styles such as Harvard and APA styles which also follow
the parenthetical referencing system, MLA style citation has the
When citing in-text:
- Dates are
usually not included in parenthesis.
- For page
numbers, there is no need to add 'p.' or 'pp.' before the
Works cited list:
- Book titles
as well as journal titles are underlined or
- Author's full
name is written.
- All important
words in title must be capitalised.
- Listed at the
end are the publication dates.
The official MLA
Formatting and Style Guide provide extensive guidelines on how to
properly format sources for both in-text citation and reference
list. Some universities, however, have preferred MLA referencing
style formats hence it would be prudent to check if your university
has a published guide for MLA style citation.
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