Essay on Comparative Study Between Mla and Apa Style

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Documentation: A Comparative study between MLA and APA style

Documentation is a very significantly important matter in any research paper. A good and proper documentation is mandatory for a good research. Documentation means confirmation of some fact or statement that is true through the use of documentary evidence. Actually proper documentation ensures proper documentary evidence. So it is crucially important that one should ensure a proper documentation so that the paper should not be rejected for plagiarism. It gives the readers access to the sources one cites. In Humanities and Social Science we have two different styles of documentation; MLA style and APA style. We use MLA style in Humanities School, whereas APA
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The title should be written in title case, not in all capital letters. * Quotation marks, underline and italics can be used to refer other works in the title. For example, * Tempest as a post-colonial text * Optimism is the message in “Ode to the West Wind”
APA Style: * There should be a title page which should contain the title of the paper, the author’s name, and the institutional affiliation. * The title should be typed in upper and lowercase letters centered in the upper hand of the page. APA recommends that the title should not exceed 12 words in length and it should not contain abbreviations or words that serve no purpose. The title may take up one or two lines. * Under the title the author’s named should be written: first name, middle initial, last name. * Then under the author’s name the institutional affiliation should be typed. Double space should be used through the paper.
In-text Citations: the Basics
MLA Style: It is basically known as the author-page method of citation. In MLA style follows this author-page method of in-text citations. That means that the author’s last name and the page number(s) from which the quotation or sentence has been taken must appear in the text, and a complete reference should appear on the works cited page. The author’s name may appear either in the sentence itself of in the parentheses following the quotation or sentence, but the page number(s) should always appear in the

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