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Citations: MLA VS APA

MLA VS. APA Citations

Both MLA and APA are formatting styles which provide the guidelines as to how to format the information included within your paper.  Both formats include similar information and just set different requirements on how to organize your resources and paper.  Included here is a list of differences for MLA and APA formatting.  Examples of resources are also shown in both MLA and APA formats so that you can distinguish the differences. 

APA VS MLA Comparision

Sample Citations

MLA and APA often require similar components for citations.  See how they are similar and different in the examples below:



Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. Publisher, Publication Date.

Henley, Patricia. The Hummingbird House. MacMurray, 1999.


Last Name, Initials. (year). Title of Book. Place of Publication:Publication.

Henley, P. (1999). The hummingbird house. New York, NY: MacMurrary.

Article from Database


Last Name, First Name, and First Name Last Name. "Article Title." Journal Title, vol. ##, no. ##, Date, pages. Database Name (i.e.- Academic Search Complete), doi:##########. Accessed Day Month Year.

Alonso, Alvaro, and Julio A. Camargo. "Toxicity of Nitrite to Three Species of Freshwater Invertebrates." Environmental Toxicology, vol. 21, no. 1, 3 Feb. 2006, pp. 90-94. Wiley Online Library, doi: 10.1002/tox.20155. Accesssed 6 May 2016.



Last Name, Initial, & Last Name, Initial. (Year). Article Title and subtitle. Journal Title, vol. ##(no. ##), pages. doi:##########

Alonso, A., and Camargo, J. (2006). Toxicity of nitrite to three species of freshwater invertebrates. Environmental Toxicology, 21(1), 90-94. doi: 10.1002/tox.20155