MLA style is mostly used in humanities, as it may be understood from its name (Modern Language Association) in linguistics. Its major peculiarities are:
In the bibliography all the information about a book appears in pre-determined order and looks like this: Surname, First name. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year. (E.g. Smith, John. Essay Writing for Everybody. New York: New York Research Press, 2002.)
MLA style uses short in-text citations after the quote, a reference to its source or a paraphrase. It gives the author’s name and the number of page (e.g. Jones 151).
When you cite online sources, you should complete your reference by mentioning the date when you have accessed it.
If you refer to a well-known and commonly accessible reference book, don’t mention all the publication information – only edition and publication year.
Previously, the MLA style used underlining in titles. This has been replaced by italicizing.
The latest edition of the MLA style guide suggests that there is no need in mentioning URLs, for Internet addresses tend to change very often. You should only mention them if there is any doubt that readers will be able to find them in any other way.MLA style