MLA, APA and Chicago Manual Style
Posted 27 April 2012 - 02:05 PM
The American Psychological Association's style differs from MLA in its handling of citations, and is primarily used for research papers in the field of psychology. It is notable for its specific instructions to reduce bias in writing about gender, race, and other areas where discrimination is possible.
The Chicago Manual of Style has been around since 1906, and has been continually updated into the modern age. It is used primarily in historical journals and some other social sciences, due to its relative consistency since its inception.
I hope that rundown helps!
Posted 30 April 2012 - 03:17 PM
It's true that one of the major differences between the different style guides you mentioned (APA, MLA, and Chicago) has to do with how sources are cited. Here's more information about why the citation styles differ, which I hope will help you choose the one that's ideal for your work.
The citation format helps readers quickly reference the most important information about the source you're using; from one academic discipline to another, the focus of the citation will vary in accordance with how that field values information.
For example, MLA is particularly dominant as a citation format in the humanities, because the way you use it to cite a source highlights the source's author, and the page on which they wrote the statement you're referring to. This makes it easy for one of your readers to check the original quotation, and see how that author influenced your thinking.
By contrast, APA citations, which are dominant in the social sciences, bring focus to the year the source was published. This helps readers understand whether the research study you're citing is current and recent, or an arcane example of an "earlier theory" which has been debunked.
Chicago style is more dependent on footnotes, which makes it ideal for historical topics, because you will often be citing multiple sources in quick succession along the way as you write, so lean and uncluttered citations are important to keep the reader engaged with the momentum of your ideas.
Posted 11 May 2012 - 09:51 AM
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