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Citation Styles: Differences Between the MLA and APA Styles

This guide explains why we cite & how to cite. It also provides tips for accessing and evaluating the sources you want to cite.


If you are used to using MLA style, APA might seem a little confusing. Here are some key differences between the two styles:

Which Style Do I Use?

APA (American Psychological Association) is generally used by Education, Psychology, and Sciences.

MLA (Modern Language Association) style is generally used by the Humanities.

Parenthetical/In-Text Citations