Answered By: Allison Ball
Last Updated: Jun 18, 2018     Views: 899

Need to cite? You’ll want to start on our citation guides:

You can also refer to the complete MLA Handbook or the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association on Reserve at the Library Service Desk for more detailed instruction.

MLA book cover        APA book cover

How do I know if I should use MLA or APA?

Which style you use is entirely up to your instructor. Preferences are usually noted on the assignment handout or course outline.

What’s the difference between MLA and APA?

MLA style was created by the Modern Language Association while APA style was created by the American Psychological Association. Both styles refer to a set of authoritative rules that should be followed when writing papers and citing sources, and each style has a unique citation format. Because of these variations it's important you know which style to use before you get started.

To see the difference between the styles, take a look at our MLA sample paper and compare it with the APA sample paper.

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