As some of you know I'm working, late in life, on updating my education. I currently am through with my Masters degree. If you write papers, essays, thesis, or dissertation the college or university you attend more than likely requires papers to comply with MLA standard formatting. MLA is Modern Language Association of America, located in New York. Once you get used to the MLA standard it is quite easy to write your papers with a little patience.
The 7th Edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers combines the book with access to the handbook at the MLA site. At the website you have over 200 examples of different portions of the situations you may run into writing your papers. You also have the ability to search the entire handbook for whatever you need information on. Parentheticals, Works Cited, Plagiarism, how to keep up with sources in a long document--all you need to write a great paper is in the MLA Handbook.
The MLA Handbook covers:
Chapter 1 - Research and Writing
Chapter 2 - Plagiarism and Academic Integrity
Chapter 3 - The Mechanics of Writing
Chapter 4 - The Format of a Research Paper
Chapter 5 - Documentation: Preparing the List of Works Cited
Chapter 6 - Citing Sources in the Text
Chapter 7 - Abbreviations
Appendix A: Guides to Writing
Appendix B: Specialized Style Manuals
As you can see from the above chapters, the MLA handbook takes into consideration everything involved with writing a paper. If studied carefully, your papers will pass inspection for compliance the first time, and every time. Content is up to you to. But the formatting required by the university will not be a problem when you follow the guidelines in the 7th Edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.
I hope you have found my short analysis of the handbook useful.