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Modern Language Association (MLA) Style

The Modern Language Association (MLA) was founded in 1883 and currently boasts over 26,000 members across the world. The MLA writing style guide is utilized primarily in the fields of English and foreign languages, but as it is inclusive to all of humanities more broadly, there are journals that accept communication-focused research that require its use.

Within academia, written work is a part of a larger scholarly conversation; therefore, it is important to utilize previous research in a body of scholarship in order to further that conversation. In addition, one of the goals of citing previous scholarship is to provide evidence and enhance the logos (i.e., logical proof of the writer’s claims) and the ethos (i.e., credibility of the author). When a reader sees a citation ...

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