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Chapter 20. In the End Zone > MLA Internal Documentation - Pg. 226

In the End Zone · · · · · The Modern Language Association (MLA) The American Psychological Association (APA) The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) The Council of Biology Editors (CBE) The Columbia Guide to Online Style (COS) 226 Each discipline favors a specific documentation style. Research papers written in the business world, for example, usually follow the rules laid down in The Chicago Manual of Style, while the humanities favor the MLA style of documentation. Therefore, when you're writing business papers, you might have to use footnotes. When you're writing humanities papers, in contrast, you'll most likely use parenthetical documentation. Word Watch Parenthetical documentation, footnotes, and endnotes are all ways of giving credit to sources you used in Always consult the documentation guide in your field when you prepare internal documentation, footnotes, endnotes, Works Cited pages, and Bibliographies. These guidebooks are all listed in Chapter 16. When you're writing in the humanities (English, history, foreign language, social studies, etc.) you most often use the MLA style of parenthetical or internal documentation . Let's check it out now. MLA Internal Documentation MLA favors parenthetical documentation over the traditional footnotes or endnotes. Parenthetical documentation offers an abbreviated, handy-dandy form of credit right in the body of the paper. For a complete citation, your readers can check the Works Cited page. This is a nifty system because it's easy for you and your readers to use. Write Angles Parenthetical or internal documentation places an abbreviated form of the source within the body of the re- search paper rather than in footnotes or endnotes. Therefore, parenthetical documentation takes the place of traditional footnotes or endnotes.