Introduction to MLA style

The MLA (Modern Language Association) citation and formatting style is used primarily in the humanities:

  • History.
  • Literature.
  • Religious studies.
  • Art.
  • Learning foreign languages ​​and linguistics.
  • Philosophy.
  • Architecture, design, and applied arts.
  • Psychology.
  • Ethnography.
  • Culturology.

The reference page at the end of the MLA document is titled “Works Cited”.

An example of an MLA style quote:

Razzak, Abdul N. “Paulo Freire’s Critical and Dialogic Pedagogy and its Implications for the Bahraini Educational Context.” Educational Philosophy and Theory, vol. 52, no. 9, 2020, pp. 999-1010.

What is the Difference Between MLA and APA

There is another style of citation – APA (American Psychological Association).

There are several differences between MLA and APA:

  • MLA is only used in the humanities, while APA is used in social sciences.
  • The APA Reference page is called “Links”.
  • In MLA, the publication date is written after the revision, and in APA, immediately after the author’s name.
  • MLA uses the author’s name and page numbers for citation in the text. APA uses the author’s last name and publication year.
  • In MLA style, commas are not used in text quotations, but in APA they are.

Benefits of MLA style

The MLA style makes it easy for readers to find sources of information, edition, year of issue, authors, titles of scientific books and journals. Thanks to MLA style standards you will be able to:

  • Make hints for your readers. Thanks to these tips, they will quickly find the information they are interested in.
  • Help readers focus on your ideas. They will be completely absorbed in the process of studying information, and will not be distracted by unfamiliar formatting.
  • Show your credibility in the humanities, awareness of your audience and their needs.

In this section you will find:

  • Resources for citations in text and pages with cited works.
  • Samples of MLA documents.
  • Presentation slide and poster in MLA class.