All research papers require you to include a Works Cited page (also called a bibliography), which lists the sources in which you retrieved your information, as well as in text citations. This requirement can sometimes seem daunting, but the formatting for each style type is simply a "formula," or order, of details that include basic information about the publication such as author, title, publisher, copyright date...
Why the different styles anyway?
Students often wonder why there are different styles? Why does APA differ from MLA if each of them include the same information?
APA (American Psychological Association) is used by Education, Psychology, and the Sciences.
These disciplines are more concerned with how recent the research was conducted. Therefore, the copyright date in more prominently listed near the beginning of the citation.
MLA (Modern Language Association) style is used by the Humanities.
These disciplines, including fiction, are more concerned with the author/creator of the work. The copyright date, therefore, is listed at the end.
Here are some important characteristics of MLA to keep in mind as you get started:
We have an infoguide for that! ⇒ MLA Format
Here are some important characteristics of APA to keep in mind as you get started:
We have an infoguide for that! ⇒ APA Format