Differences between MLA and APA

MLA (Modern Language Association)

  • Author-page method of citation.
  • Created for scholars in English composition and literature.
  • Author’s full name on first mention.
  • Use of the “right” language for the audience being addressed.
  • Present tense verb in signal phrase vs. past tense.
  • Medium of publication designation (ex. Print, Web, etc.).
  • Many purposes for writing and research.

APA (American Psychological Association)

  • Author-date method of citation.
  • Created for researchers in the social sciences.
  • Authors’ last names only.
  • Objective tone, scientific writing.
  • Economy of expression.
  • Past or present perfect tense verb in signal phrase*.
  • DOI (digital object identifier) or document number.
  • Two purposes for writing and research.

* Present tense is used “to discuss implications of the results and to present conclusions”

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in APA Style, MLA Style, Writing

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


editEon tweets

Top 8 tips help you to turn your PhD thesis into an article - Many first-time authors use the research... tmblr.co/ZBlQct2bbXqgK

About 2 years ago from editEon's Twitter via Tumblr

Quality Guarantee

editEon offers 100% on-time delivery guarantee. This ensures that all your editing assignments will be delivered at the date and time stipulated at the time of job confirmation.

Payment Options

RSSFrom Our Blog