MLA versus APA Conventions

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The basic format for manuscripts is the same. To set up your "Normal" Word style in APA/MLA formats see:


Major Differences

1. Page numbering: MLA includes your last name as well as the page number.
2. Long Quotes: indentation differs.
3. Title Page:
MLA does not require it. APA does not require one per se, but often professors will ask for one. The sample format for an APA Title Page can be viewed here: Sample Title Page
4. Abstracts:
MLA does not require it. Again, APA does not require an abstract but often your professor will ask for one. The sample format for an APA abstract on a separate page can be viewed here: Sample Abstract Page
5. Format for Bibliographic or Works Cited references:
For MLA see examples here: MLA Formats
For APA see examples here: APA Formats
6. Format for in line page references:
For MLA the general format looks like this: (AuthorLastName #) where # is page number. For variations see--MLA in-line citation
For APA the general format looks like this: (AuthorLastName p. #) where # is page number. For variations see--APA in-line citation

Other Resources

For details of MLA format: See Diana Hacker's Style Instructions for MLA

For details APA format: See Diana Hacker's Style Instructions for APA