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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.

APA vs. MLA

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