The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition and MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 3rd edition provide detailed guidelines for using MLA style. Both are available at the Reference Desk at the Thomas Cooper Library.
All fields of research agree on the need to document scholarly borrowings, but documentation conventions vary because of the different needs of scholarly disciplines. MLA style for documentation is widely used in the humanities, especially in writing on language and literature. Generally simpler and more economical than other styles, MLA style features brief parenthetical citations in the text keyed to an alphabetical list of works cited that appears at the end of the work.
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