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MLA Referencing Style

Depending on the type of technical writing a student is expected to write, a professor may ask them to use any specific referencing style throughout the entire document. One of the most popular referencing styles for academic papers or wiring is MLA or Modern Language Association. This referencing technique has been designed (as the name suggests), the Modern Language Association that focuses on language and literature improvement and updates. Apart from literature, other subjects under concern include humanities, liberal arts, etc. This referencing style aims to devise a standardized way of sourcing and documenting the resources used and provide the much-deserved credit to the authors that the sources belong to. The main reason we should always reference sources of information from where it is taken is credibility. MLA can be used for both in-text citations and listing down an entire list of work cited or used throughout the entire academic paper. 

Many educational online portals help students prepare and create a reference list for the academic paper they have written. These experts are fluent in such citations, which can guide you and even teach you how to prepare a reference list. Also, these tutors and SMEs available online in educational portals could help edit your already created reference page to correctness. They can make them all perfect in no time. If you are willing to consult experts for referencing help for your academic paper, it is the best choice that a student can make.

However, MLA referencing style is different from a general bibliography page. A bibliography presents the list of resources that a writer may suggest its readers further follow through them if they are interested in reading such resources. We can follow the MLA style for the bibliography. In contrast to this, if an academic paper requires to list down the sources from which information has been gathered and added to the same document, a student may prefer to add a ‘work cited’ page towards the end of the document. The entire list of sources is listed down in alphabetical order on such a page. Every type of document (be it a website, newspaper article, journal article, book, etc.) has a different format added to the list.

The basic information needed for citation includes the following:

  • Author’s last name
  • Author’s first name
  • Title of the source
  • Name of publisher/journal/container
  • Version
  • Publication date
  • Location if available

If there are two authors, the first author’s full name is in reverse. The second author’s name is written in a standard format. If there are more than 2 authors, then the name of only the first author is mentioned in the full citation. Also, the Latin phrase ‘et al’ is always added to signify that the source used has multiple authors. The title is always written in capitalized form, and if an entire source is being cited, it should be italicized. A colon often separates a subtitle between the title and the subtitle, also capitalized. Some individuals are categorized as ‘other contributors’ who may have a significant role in producing the source material. Such contributors could be proofreaders, editors, etc. Depending on the amount of information available in the sourced paper, the publication date could be the full date or even just the year. It is always advisable to use the latest publication date if several updates to the same document display multiple publication dates.

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