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What is MLA 7?

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MLA 7 is a citation style developed by the Modern Language Association to help researchers accurately cite their sources when it’s time to write their final paper.  Primarily used when citing sources for humanities papers, MLA 7 uses formatting guidelines for citing virtually every type of resource, from an article to a music score.

Although MLA 8 is already available, many researchers are still using MLA 7 to cite sources as they draft their final papers.

 

In general:

  • MLA provides standard rules to follow so that most research papers are formatted in a similar manner. This makes it easier for readers to comprehend the information.
  • MLA’s citation and bibliographic standards allow readers to easily comprehend the different parts of a citation for referencing purposes.