MLA Style for Research Papers
The Modern Language Association (MLA) has developed a contemporary research style to meet the needs of scholars of modern literature and the humanities. It is an easy style to use and well documented in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, an essential reference for any serious student in the humanities.
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Research Styles?Doc has prepared a short introduction (four pages) to research styles. This explains the basic elements of research styles: documentation, text rules, and page formatting. It helps sort through the mass of details that confront you when you open a 300-page style manual. It's easy to get lost in a maze of minutiae. It's not that hard. Basic Features of Research Styles (PDF).
MLA HandbookReference or Guide? The MLA Handbook is one of the easiest research style manuals to use. It is compact and generally well focused on its main theme. This is not always the case. Still, it is more a reference than a guide. A good reference answers any question you think to ask. But then, what if you don't know what are the right questions? A guide, on the other hand, answers question you might not think to ask. MLA Lite is crafted to be a basic guide to MLA style, focused only on the essential features.
The MLA Handbook is also affordable with a price under $20. With the print edition you also get a secret scratch code that allows you access to the MLA website at www.mlahandbook.org. "The Web site [sic] includes the full text of the print volume (with over 200 additional examples), several research project narratives, sample papers, and additional resources" (MLA rear cover). MLA Handbook at Amazon.com | Doc's review of the new edition.