MLA also known as Modern Language Association style is most commonly used to write papers and cite information sources within the arts and humanities society.

MLA suggested guidelines for formatting manuscripts and technical writing using the English language. MLA formatting provides writers and authors with a standardized system for referencing their information sources through parenthetical citation in both essays and works cited pages.

MLA used by writers correctly, builds their credibility by demonstrating accountability to their source material. The use of MLA style can protect writers from accusations of plagiarism, which is the purposeful or accidental unaccredited use of source material by other writers.