NoodleBib is a tool for student research which allows you to:
Rosemary G. Feal, Executive Director of the Modern Language Association, answers this question i the Foreword to the 7th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers as follows:
Every time you write a research paper, you enter into a community of writers and scholars. The disciplines in this commuity all use conventions -- think of the ways chemists, mathematicians, and philosophers use symbols and special terms to transmit information. MLA style represents a consensus among teachers, scholars, and librarians in the fields of language and literature on the conventions for documenting research, and those conventions will help you organize your research paper coherently. By using MLA style you will direct your readers to the sources you consulted in arriving at your findings and you will enable them to build on your work (MLA xiii).
We have print copies of the complete guide in our Reference section (Ref. 808.027-MLA). Have a question? Please ask a librarian.