Odds are that your instructor wants you to use MLA Style if you are in an English class or other humanities class (such as art, literature, etc.). MLA Style creates rules for students to follow when writing and formatting papers. Using MLA Style not only helps your instructors read and understand your work, but the act of creating citations and citing sources helps prevent plagiarism. Plagiarism is when you use a quote, idea, or any other kind of information from a source and present it as your own. If you don't cite your sources then you risk committing plagiarism, which is a serious academic offense that will or can get you expelled from school. So, to sum up the benefits of using MLA Style:
Resources you can draw upon to learn more about research writing and style, and about your own abilities. Basic Features of Research Styles (2009, PDF 65 KB, 4 pp). If you are new to research writing this short guide will alert you to the basic features of all research styles. Research Links. Follow these links to the official websites and style information of the various research societies. Also listed are top sites for additional research information. Writer's Test. Are you in command of the basic skills accomplished writers have mastered? How do you know? Doc has put together a brief but telling test of these skills. Take it if you dare! Writing Research Styles: A Primer (2004, PDF 85 KB, 16 pp). This is an extensive introduction to using research styles. It includes a checklist of things to know when using a style new to you. Official Websites: AMA Style (Oxford UP) APA Style Site Chicago Manual of Style MLA Handbook
Use a reasonably-sized font: either 10 characters per inch or a 12 point font. And choose a font that is easy to read rather one that is decorative: "Arial," "Lucida," "Modern," "Palermo" or "Times New Roman" are some good choices. Scripted fonts are hard to read even if they do make your paper "look nice"; it is the content of the paper that is most important, and making it easy for your readers to understand that content is always a good choice.