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What’s Your Style? The MLA Format

If you’re aiming for a degree in the humanities, arts, literature, and the like, you may be asked to write a dissertation and have it formatted in MLA style. A style guide is important in keeping work consistent throughout a certain field of study. There are many other style guides, but MLA is used primarily for studies in the humanities.


MLA and APA Citation

The MLA, which stands for the Modern Language Association, is an organization for professionals and academics in the humanities. They created the MLA Handbook for Writers, a style guide for those writing research papers and journals in the field. The MLA style can also be used for academic and commercial presses.


The MLA style provides not only a formatting style but also a system for referencing. One of its distinctive features is the use of parenthetical citation, endnotes, and footnotes. However, a complete list of references is still included at the end of the paper, listed alphabetically in a very specific format.


The MLA style dictates alignment, pagination, first-page format, typesetting, font size and style, page margins, and citation. The MLA style also recommends formats of section headings as needed. The MLA Handbook is currently in its eighth edition. Complete rules and other resources are available on the official MLA website, as well as in several universities.


However, if you don’t have the time to double-check your MLA style, 1-Hour Proofreading is happy to assist. MLA is one of the academic style guides we work with. Our editors are well-versed in this format and will guarantee that your paper meets its requirements.



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