This guide is based on the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook. MLA stands for the Modern Language Association, which is the association that regulates the rules and use of this formatting style.
MLA formatting is often used in English and History and other humanities or arts classes at university. It is the most common citation style used in high schools. This guide will review the general format of an research paper, in-text citations, and the Works Cited page.
Teachers ask students format their papers in the same style so both the writer and reader are not distracted by style choices a student may make. The consistency allows the teacher to focus on the student's work and not on the look of the paper.
Teachers may adapt these guidelines for their own purposes. Always follow your teacher's requirements.
From: The MLA Style Center (2016).
Used with permission.
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