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MLA Style


What is the MLA style

The MLA style is a set of guidelines for scientific communication established by the Modern Language Association . The guidelines vary from describing the role of ethics in publishing to offering basic guidance on writing an article. All guidelines appear in the ninth edition of the MLA Handbook .

What is new in MLA style

The ninth edition retains the MLA’s system of documentation established in the eighth edition. New are the guidelines on formatting papers, citing sources, quoting and paraphrasing, avoiding plagiarism; and the sections on inclusive language, annotated bibliographies, and notes. An overview of the changes is available at the MLA Style Center .

Who should use MLA

Students, teachers, researchers and professionals in the fields of ancient and modern languages, literature, philosophy, history, archaeology, anthropology, human geography, law, religion, and art should use the MLA style rules.

Why use MLA

Uniform style helps you identify easily key points and findings in a paper. It also assists you in presenting in an organized way the information you want to convey to your audience. Finally, it allows you to codify with accuracy and respect the elements required in order to give credit to those, who inspired your work.

How MLA works

The MLA style follows the author - page system to describe the sources cited in a paper. This means that the author of the source and the page on which the information appears, are always provided in the citations.