Most graduate schools require theses and dissertations to conform to their own style guides and to either APA or MLA format guidelines. We are experienced in editing academic papers to conform to all these sources.
The APA (American Psychological Association) format is used by that association for their own publications and has been adopted by most social and behavioral sciences and graduate schools.
Here we describe:
The MLA (Modern Language Association) writing format is usually used for manuscripts in the liberal arts and humanities. Our source for this section is the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd ed., 2008), used by postgraduates and authors writing for publication.
Unlike the APA, the MLA does not give specific guidelines on thesis and dissertation formats for major document sections, headings, or figures and tables. Consult your advisor or graduate school's style guide for these elements.
There are specifications for the MLA works cited list and MLA citations, however, so here we describe how to format your references in the Works Cited section and in text.