What is MLA?
MLA is an abbreviation for the Modern Language Association. It is a citation format used mainly in English, Modern Language, and Humanities research. When your ESL professors (or another professor) ask you to use MLA to format your paper they mean use this format created by the MLA and published in a handbook. This books offers examples of MLA research papers and how to do citations. It is available at the Information Desk and online. Ask a librarian for help if you have never used MLA before.