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English Language and Literature

Library resources in English Language and Literature

MLA and APA citation styles

You are often required to use specific citation formats for quoting other sources in your paper or listing sources in your bilbiography. Usually, you are asked to use either the MLA (Modern Language Association) or APA (American Psychological Association) citation format.

The online overviews below are easy to navigate. They outline how to format your paper according to the style. Also, print copies of both the MLA and APA manuals are always available for use at the library's reference desk.

How to use MLA format

Typically, writing in the humanities requires MLA format.

MLA Style Guide 7th edition (2009) overview

from Purdue University (Online Writing Lab)*

MLA Style Guide - overview of changes made in the 7th edition
from Purdue University (Online Writing Lab)


How to use APA format

Typically, writing in the social sciences requires APA format.

APA Style Guide 6th edition (2009) overview

from Purdue University (Online Writing Lab)

Watch a free beginner's tutorial

from the APA style website


*Purdue OWL links used with permission

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