MLA Style is widely used for disciplines in the humanities, such as English, literature, art history, modern languages, philosophy, and the performing arts. MLA stands for Modern Language Association.
APA Style is most commonly used for business and disciplines in the social sciences including psychology, sociology, social work, criminology, and education. The allied health disciplines at Sinclair also prefer APA. APA stands for American Psychological Association.
Other citation styles you may encounter include Chicago and AMA.
No matter what class you are taking, the most important thing is to check with your instructor to see which style s/he requires.
The following are quick guides created by Sinclair librarians to help you cite sources properly using MLA or APA. For more citation resources including books and websites on MLA and APA, click the blue tabs above.