Most professors require that you submit your written papers in APA format or MLA format. When they request APA (American Psychological Association) format, they are referring to the editorial style that many of the social and behavioral sciences have adopted to present written material in the field. MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities.
As much as it may seem like your teachers are just being sticklers, APA and MLA formatted styles were developed to help spotlight the ideas being presented, not the manner of presentation, as well as to provide an equal playing field of consistency for the papers being reviewed.
The following information is what is typically included in APA and MLA formatted papersΓÇªand what usually drives students crazy!
- Punctuation and abbreviations
- Construction of tables
- Selection of headings
- Citation of references, and
- Presentation of statistics
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