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A Guide to Architecture

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MLA (Modern Language Association) style for documentation is widely used in the humanities, especially in writing on language and literature. MLA style features brief parenthetical citations in the text and an alphabetical list of works cited that appears at the end of the document (Source: Official MLA website). Whenever a writer quotes or paraphrases someone else's work in their text, they must accompany the quote or paraphrase with relevant source information in parentheses. 

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In-text citations must correspond to an item in a comprehensive list of references, called a Works Cited page, at the end of the paper.  Pay attention to your formatting when constructing your Works Cited list, as MLA is particular about which items to capitalize, italicize, and which punctuation to use in a given situation.  Most citations call for the author(s) name and publication date, and many call for a publisher's name as well.  If you do not have access to some or all of these pieces of information, don't panic!  MLA allows you to use n.p. in place of the publisher's name and n.d. in place of the publication date.  If the name of the author is unavailable, as is sometimes the case with webpages, you can omit it. 

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