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Bibliographic Documentation :

A bibliography is a list of all the sources that helped you formulate the content of your paper, whether or not you have cited them specifically in your text.

In APA format, this is called the References.

In MLA, Works Cited.

Bibliographical entries for both MLA and APA systems are arranged alphabetically according to the first word of the entry, usually but not necessarily the last name of the author.

The following bibliogra¬phy entries for Kuhn's book illustrate the major difference between the MLA and APA styles:


Kuhn, Thomas S. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1970.


Kuhn, T. (1970). The structure of scientific revolutions.

Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Notice that in APA style, only the first letter of a book title is capitalized and the date comes immediately after the author's name.

In MLA, the date comes last.

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