The MLA Handbook publishes the Association's rules on how to format a paper, how to document research sources you use, and other matters of writing style.
The MLA Handbook is available at the library reference desks and is available for purchase, but students writers can refer to help guides like this for almost any question about MLA style.
If there's something this guide or the MLA Handbook doesn't cover, try searching the Ask the MLA-FAQ page from the MLA Style Center.
If you don't use a citation style to document the sources you used to help write a research paper, you're in danger of plagiarism.
Even if you don't mean to plagiarize, not citing your sources correctly might make it look as though you're passing someone else's words or ideas off as your own. There are serious consequences for plagiarism at Lone Star College.
The best way to protect yourself from plagiarism is to get familiar with MLA style and use it consistently.
Librarians are also standing by to help you with MLA and other citation styles: contact us with any questions you have about citation or MLA style.