Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide
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You already know why MLA formatting guidelines are an important part of an academic paper, but let’s face it—who can remember all those rules about when and where certain citation information is requisite and when and where particular punctuation is appropriate? Thankfully, memorizing all of MLA’s formatting guidelines is not necessary! MLA style guides can be found easily online or in texts like The MLA Handbook, and writers can refer to these resources when they are unclear about a particular MLA style guideline.
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Using MLA formatting can also protect the writer from being accused of plagiarism. Using other people's words or ideas without crediting them as the source of the material is plagiarism, whether you meant to plagiarize or not.