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MLA and APA Research Paper Guidelines
MLA (Modern Language Association) and APA (American Psychological Association) are two ways of designing, structuring, and presenting research papers. Each of these formats has very specific rules that dictate the appearance of the paper (spacing, margins) and the proper use and handling of other people’s property (words and ideas from your sources). Careful attention to these guidelines is CRITICAL to avoid accusations of plagiarism (academic theft).
MLA guidelines are used primarily for papers written in humanities courses—English, Literature, Art, Music. APA guidelines are used primarily for papers written in social science, technology, medical, and scientific courses—nursing, education, engineering, etc.). Whenever a course requires you to submit written assignments, be sure to ask the instructor at the beginning of the course which format he or she requires and then dedicate yourself to following that format EXACTLY! (follow it to the period, comma, capital lettering, and spacing specifications).
APA and MLA Style Differences—YouTube Video
For MLA—Please browse, read, study the following links and items:
MLA Overview (Formatting and Style Guide) from the OWL at Purdue University
MLA Sample Paper from the OWL at Purdue University
MLA 7 Edition Quick Reference Guidelines from our SCC Library
Working with Words from a Source--MLA Style--the document
For APA—Please browse, read, study the following links and items:
APA Overview (Formatting and Style Guide) from the OWL at Purdue University
APA Example #1 from the OWL at Purdue University—the “Angeli Paper”
APA Example #2—demonstrating the format
APA Quick Reference Guidelines from our SCC Library
Working with Words from a Source--APA Style--the document