This page introduces the MLA Style.
The MLA (Modern Language Association) Style is a set of rules for formatting a paper. It includes spacing, headers, page numbering, and how citations should look.
These rules are published in the MLA Handbook. Many other handbooks, such as the Little Seagull Handbook, include an overview of the information in the MLA Handbook.
English and Humanities classes commonly use this style for papers. Be aware that there are other styles, such as APA, Turabian, and Chicago. These styles are alternate rules for formatting a paper.
Consistency is the biggest reason. It lets your reader know where to find certain things in your paper. It ensures that multiple papers collected together will all look the same. It allows you to easily know the *correct* way to format your paper.
It also helps promote best practices in a field.