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Lesson 4: Chicago Style vs. MLA Style

There are several widely-accepted ways to cite evidence. Two of the most common are called Chicago Style and MLA (Modern Language Association).

Note the difference:

Chicago Style

 

According to the documentary, Monster: a Portrait of Stalin in Blood, Stalin killed about 20 million people.1

 

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  1. Alexandre Ivankin, Monster: a Portrait of Stalin in Blood (1992: Moscow: Contact   Studio), DVD
 

 

As you can see, the writer is giving the reader information about the location of the evidence. The information is located in a footnote (a note at the bottom of the page).

MLA

Now let's take a look at MLA:

 

According to the documentary Monster: a Portrait of Stalin in Blood, Stalin killed about 20 million people (Ivankin).

 


In the above example (MLA), the information is given in parentheses at the end of the sentence. This is called a parenthetical citation. In this case, the name inside the parentheses is the last name of the producer of the documentary. The rest of the information is found on the Works Cited page. In other words, if I flip back to the Works Cited page, I should be able to find an entry that starts with the name “Ivankin”, like this:

 

Works Cited

Ivankin, Alexandre. Monster: A Portrait of Stalin in Blood. Moscow: Contact Studio. 1992. Film.

 

 

Summary:

In short, the biggest difference between Chicago Style and MLA style is that:


Which style should you use?

When in doubt, always ask your professor which style he or she wants you to use.

Chicago style is commonly used for history papers, while MLA style is common for Language Arts papers.

In this class, you will learn how to document your sources in MLA style. That means that you will be using parenthetical citations.

Check Your Understanding:

  1. What is a Works Cited page?
  2. What is the biggest difference between Chicago Style and MLA?
  3. Which style will you be using to document your sources in this class?

Quiz: MLA 4