For a comprehensive guide to using research in the Modern Language Associate style, the gold standard is the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. The Lamp is designed as a simplified version... More > of that auspicious text.
It offers a basic explanation of composition, research and citation techniques. It answers questions of formatting. It explores the writing process step by step. Above all, it answers the most persistent questions students ask during their early scholarly pursuits:
"How do I do this?"
"Why does this matter?"
"What if I can't find the author's name?"< Less