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MLA stands for “Modern Language Association.” When your teacher asks you to write a paper using MLA format, it means that you have to follow certain rules established by this writing association. For the most part, you have to follow a certain format in order to ensure that your paper and citation styles are consistent all the way through. MLA format is used mostly by humanities and arts classes, like English, history, and other liberal arts. So if you have to write a paper for one of these classes, you will be asked to use MLA. If you don’t know how to use MLA, you can take a look at MLA’s own website, mla.org, or you can refer to the Purdue University Online Writing Lab- this website has examples of how to cite all different sources in MLA format. That way, you can see exactly how you should cite your source, whether it is a journal article, a book, a website, an interview, or even a movie!


So why do you have to include a bibliography or a works cited page in your paper? It’s mainly for the benefit of your reader (in many cases, your teacher). He or she wants to see what or who your sources are and where you got your information. If you don’t list other sources, you are saying that you made up every bit of information or any quotation you used in your paper. Which is not often true! All types of writers use bibliographies. If you pick up a professionally-written book, you’ll often find a list of works cited in the back of the book. Not only is the author being honest in telling readers what other sources he or she used, but it’s also helpful for readers if they want to continue learning about the topic. For example, if you are writing a paper on the French Revolution, and you find a really good book to use as a source, look at the bibliography and see what other books might be good to use. One good source can list other good sources, so you’ll know where to go next!

Curriculum Vitae

If you need to create a curriculum vitae (which can also be called a “cv”) you basically need to make a more in-depth version of a resume. The term “curriculum vitae” is Latin and it literally means “course of life”- people who ask to see your curriculum vitae want to see what you’ve accomplished in your life! In comparison to a resume, the curriculum vitae is generally longer, as you want to include more information besides your work and educational background. All the resume information should be there- contact information, schools attended, past jobs, etc. For academic curriculum vitae, you should include papers you have presented or published, professional memberships, other languages that you speak/read/write, and any awards or honors you have earned. For professional curriculum vitae, you would also want to include special projects you’ve worked on or managed. Be as specific as possible; that way, your reader can get to know your “course of life”!