Learn how to format your term paper in APA and MLA in just 10 minutes…

MLA and APA are the two acronyms a student can never afford to forget especially if he cares for the credibility of his term paper or any kind of literary research work. Both these acronyms refer to two different term paper formats designed by different organizations. MLA is for "Modern Language Association" and APA is for “American Psychological Association”. These two organizations have set some standards for the process of citation in any kind of research or literary work. More than often students are required to convert from one format to another and usually it’s troublesome because they have always used the other one.



Term Paper Format

There are a few differences in APA term paper format and MLA term paper format and in order to convert from one format to another one has to understand them.

  MLA TERM PAPERS APA TERM PAPERS
AUTHOR NAME
Full last name followed by the full first name. E.g. “Michael, John”
Full last name followed by initials of the first name. E.g. “Michael, J”
ORDER OF DISPLAY
"Last name, First name. Title (in italics). Place of publication: Publisher. Year of Publication.
"Last name, Initials. (Year of publication). Title (in italics). Location: Publisher."
CAPITAL WORDS
All words in the title are capitalized, except for the articles.
Only first word of the title is capitalized
DATE
Year of publication not written
Year of publication is mentioned.
MULTIPLE AUTHORS
“And” used for multiple authors and the order is inverted displaying the first names first.
This format uses the symbol “&” to connect multiple authors.
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