Question by  bgood (19)

What is the purpose of the MLA Style Guide?

My teacher insists we all have one.


Answer by  Shawnsgrandma (156)

Use of the MLA Style Guide insures that all students use a consistent format, helping compare papers. It also offers a consistent manner to handle issues of copyright--letting you know exactly how much of another's work you can use and how to give credit to another author.


Answer by  Mable (3008)

There are several manuals of style: it is essential to use one when reporting research and formulating arguments in term papers and theses. Often the choice is dictated by a teacher, instructor or entire school. The manual specifies all the grammatical and formatting rules that must be observed in the body and citations of your work.


Answer by  patti (29325)

The Modern Language Association sets standards for written English and how it is presented in formal and academic papers. It provides a standard: this is how it's done.


Answer by  tamkees (3203)

Style guides lay out the rules that everyone using the guide should follow when writing. In English, formatting and grammar rules are sometimes subjective. The MLA makes expectations concrete.


Answer by  Jasonal98 (133)

The MLA is a style guide that many high schools, colleges, and universities use (even though when you get to grad school, they usually make you switch to APA). Your teacher is trying to get you used to MLA style, because you will probably be using it in the future.

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