What Is MLA Style?

Skills Covered

  • The Modern Language Association

Estimated Work Time

  • 5 Minutes

Imagine if every one of your teachers, every year you were in school, asked for your essays to be in a completely different format. One teacher might want page numbers on the top left, another dictates the page number goes on the bottom right. One teacher might want the title to be underlined, another might demand a large bold font. Wouldn't that be confusing? You'd probably spend too much time trying to comply with the formatting instructions, and not enough time focusing on the important stuff: The content of the essay.

MLA Handbook, 7th Edition
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