There were different formats for books, websites, periodicals, and so on.
Now, using one universal MLA citation format allows scholars to spend less time trying to locate the proper format to document their sources and focus more on their research.
MLA stands for the Modern Language Association, which is an organization that focuses on language and literature.
Depending on which subject area your class or research focuses on, your professor may ask you to cite your sources in MLA style.
For social media posts, it's acceptable to use a screen name or username in place of the author's name. Citations do not need to always start with the name of the author.
When your research focuses on a specific individual that is someone other than the author, it is appropriate for readers to see that individual's name at the beginning of the citation.
MLA format: If your source has two authors, place them in the same order they're shown on the source. For three or more authors, only include the first listed author's name.
The first author is in reverse order, add a comma and the word "and", then place the second author in standard form. Place the first author's name in reverse order (Last name, First name) place a comma afterwards, and then add the Latin phrase "et al." Example: Borokhovic, Kenneth A., et al. If there isn't an author, start the citation with the title and skip the author section completely.
These headings appear at the top of your assignment.
Check with your instructor if they prefer a certain MLA format heading.