A Journey from a One-room Operation. The Purdue University Writing Lab was founded in 1976 by Dr. Muriel Harris as a resource for Purdue writers. Operation started off in one room with three tutors, who welcomed writers of any skill level to a one-to-one tutorial.
There are several main criteria for determining whether a source is reliable or not.
- 1) Accuracy. Verify the information you already know against the information found in the source.
- 2) Authority. Make sure the source is written by a trustworthy author and/or institution.
- 3) Currency.
- 4) Coverage.
Why Use MLA? Using MLA Style properly makes it easier for readers to navigate and comprehend a text through familiar cues that refer to sources and borrowed information. Editors and instructors also encourage everyone to use the same format so there is consistency of style within a given field.