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MLA, APA, and Chicago styles

List the similarities and the differences between the styles.

Comment on the style trends in research writing, noting which style is the most commonly used, and the advantages of using one style over the other.

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This job is really massive. However, I offer you some basic information to start your comparison study.

First, I prefer MLA style for many reasons. For me, it was the style most used during my educational years as well as current professional applications since I work primarily in the Humanities. MLA style, on the other hand, is applied more for the humanities and liberal arts, such as "literature, mass communications, and media studies" (owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/01).

Both APA and MLA are the most prevalent in terms of usage that I see in research articles as well as papers submitted here for editing at BrainMass. Based on your own field of study, this answer may vary.

For me, I prefer and find the MLA style more accessible and easy to use. I think that the in-text citations and works cited directions are more user friendly than the others. What do you think?

As you examine the Chicago style, please note how it is also called Turabian style. It has an advantage in terms of its applicability for all types of subject matter (www.chicagomanualofstyle.org). However, it seems like this type most often is ...

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MLA, APA, and Chicago styles are compared using research.