The Modern Language Association created the MLA format, which is a standard academic formatting style. It is commonly used in humanities academic papers as a guideline for referencing sources. We’ve put up a comprehensive guide on citing sources following the MLA 8th edition, published in 2016.
The MLA format provides a straightforward way to cite text, as it is structured consistently. We’ve illustrated the structured markup with the example above, and the benefits of using the MLA format can be seen below.
Concise: The various parts of the MLA style guide can be referenced directly using a tag like “cat.” For instance, the “One Use” section makes referencing “cat.txt” straightforward.
: The various parts of the MLA style guide can be referenced directly using a tag like “cat.” For instance, the “One Use” section makes referencing “cat.txt” straightforward. Correct: The guide gives clear examples of correct citation styles.
: The guide gives clear examples of correct cite styles. Versatile: The style guide is easy to understand and modify.
We strongly suggest that you use the APA typeface for citations instead of Arial, Times New Roman, Helvetica, or Courier. Just don’t use any typeface that has more than seven characters per line, and it’s less likely that a citation will run or fall into the wrong category of footnote.
There are three types of double quotes that you should use when referencing someone or something:
The first type is the double quote, or quote mark, as shown above. The second type is the soft (double underlined) quote mark, as shown below. The use of soft quotes is deprecated in the MLA 8th edition, but we’ll still use it in the examples below. The use of double-underlined quotes is still every day.
Harvard professor Harvey Mansfield (that’s him below, in the third photo) stated in his book, A Textbook of Spelling and Pronunciation, that “the syntax of the MLA is elegant and intuitive to use,” and “besides, by following this system, one automatically teaches the readers how to use the English language to their advantage.”
Example use: The phrase “Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics” has been recently found to include numerous plagiarized sentences. Asimov’s original paper used the phrase “laws of robotics” but in a much different context. However, after extensive research, he did cite another source in his original article that is relevant to the topic. For this usage, a citation using the MLA format would read:
Asimov, Isaac I. The Three Laws of Robotics. Science Fiction Journal 30.
In addition to citation styles, we can provide citation formats that can make the sharing of research more accessible.
There are many alternatives available, and while this one may be the most comprehensive, we encourage you to think about what works best for your article and the audience you’re aiming for.
Whether you choose to create your format or integrate an existing style, it is essential to ensure that the format is flexible enough to accommodate all kinds of academic research work.