MLA Format Papers
January 3, 2008
MLA (Modern Language Association) stylepapers make sure that they cite adequately sources in fields as the liberal arts, humanities and literature. Similarly, to APA format, MLA format is associated with the technical requirements of double spacing and one-inch margin on all sides of the paper. According to the in-text citation rule, the author’s last name and the page number follow the used idea of the source. Yet the students need to be aware of the fact that sometimes citations are not needed, especially when it comes to refer to common knowledge.
The reference list in MLA style papers is called Works Cited Page. The sources need to be listed alphabetically by the author’s last name. In the process of arranging the references in MLA format papers, the students have to obtain the most necessary information, such as author, date and year of publication, title, etc. The students have to capitalize the titles of articles and books, but they do not have to capitalize short prepositions and conjunctions. Parenthetical citations within the text of the paper are must in order to demonstrate a relevant academic paper, written due to all the specific requirements of MLA format or MLA citation style. It is important to cite correctly because failing to do so is associated with the negative practice of plagiarism. Undoubtedly, similar thoughts come to mind in cases of paraphrasing. For instance, the students might discuss an idea that is not their own even if they consider they paraphrase it appropriately.
When writing papers, whether in APA or in MLA format, the students need to be attentive about the basic rules and requirements in order to avoid misinterpretation, confusion and plagiarism. Since MLA format is mainly connected to areas as humanities and literature, such practices are unacceptable, especially in literature papers where creativity is valued significantly. Although they might seem similar, APA and MLA formats differ in the precised method of citing information, respectively author-date method in APA format and author-page method in MLA format. Likewise, they differ in the way of citing the used references, as the manner of arranging the available information is different. The students have to possess adequate knowledge of the specificity of the various academic formats so that they could be able to write relevant papers, corresponding to their level and the expected academic objectives to cover in the process of education.