How to Write in MLA Style
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How to Write in MLA Style

On this episode, we discuss MLA style, including what it is, who uses it in their research, some important things to remember when writing a paper in MLA format, what's new in the 8th Edition of the MLA Handbook, and how to format in-text citations and a works cited page.

MLA style is often used by scholars in the humanities and the liberal arts. The humanities and the liberal arts consist of subjects like English literature, rhetoric and composition, cultural studies, and foreign language studies and literature.

You will probably use MLA style if you are writing a literary analysis, a persuasive essay, a literary criticism, an expository essay, or a research paper for the humanities.

In addition to these topics, we cover:

  • A few things to remember when using MLA style, such as keeping 1-inch margins on all sides.
  • What's changed in the 8th Edition, for example, how MLA has been adapted for digital research.
  • The format of in-text citations, and how they are needed if you are paraphrasing or directly quoting a source.
  • How to complete a Works Cited page, including how the second and subsequent lines are indented.
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