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Mla vs. apa
Professor Jenny Billings
20 October 2016
MLA (Modern Language Association)
MLA format focuses on the citation of books, anthologies, literary works, etc.
Unlike the APA format, MLA most commonly uses present tense of verbs.
Should have a header on each page containing the author’s last name and page number.
MLA Format (cont.)
The heading on the body of the paper should include the author’s name, the instructors name, course number and section, and the due date. This heading should only be on the first page of the paper.
The paper should be double spaced throughout, including the heading. It should also have a one inch margin on all sides.
MLA format does not have a cover page or abstract entry like the APA format does.
Indent each paragraph with the tab key.
In-text (or parenthetical) citations should list the author’s name and page number at the end of the sentence.
The Works Cited page is a page of its own. It goes at the end of the paper and should also include all in-text citations that are used.
All entries on the Works Cited page should be double spaced just like the rest of the paper.
Entries should also be in alphabetical order by last name and must use a “hanging indent”.
APA (American Psychological Association) was established in 1929.
APA format is used to guide research writers and help them achieve minimal distraction and maximum precision.
Unlike MLA, APA uses past tense of verbs.
APA Format (cont.)
APA format uses established standards for language, construction of correct reference citations, the avoidance of plagerism, and the proper use of headers among many others.
APA format has a cover page where the title of the paper, the name of the author, and the name of the school are double spaced and centered on the page.
The title of the paper should go at the top of each page.
The abstract entry comes after the cover page. An abstract entry is a paragraph of 120 words or less that summarizes the most important elements of the paper.
The actual first page of the paper comes after the cover page and abstract page. The first page of writing will actually be the third page.
The reference page should be in alphabetical order by last name and double spaced as the rest of the paper.
Each reference entry should include: author’s name, the year of publication, and the source of reference.
MLA vs. APA
Billings, Jenny – August , 2016. MLA vs. APA notes.
“Writing Resources – Essay Help/ APA vs. MLA: What Style Guide Do I Use?” Gradesaver, 18 October 2016. Web. 18 October 2016