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MLA Basics: Home

This is an introduction to the MLA Style.

What's in this Guide?

This guide introduces the MLA Style.

The MLA (Modern Language Association) Style is a set of rules for formatting a paper. It includes spacing, headers, page numbering, and how citations should look.

These rules are published in the MLA Handbook. The current edition is the 9th edition, which was released in April, but most people are still using the 8th edition.

English and Humanities classes commonly use this style for papers. Be aware that there are other styles, such as APA and Turabian/Chicago. These styles are alternate rules for formatting a paper.

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