bcat bcat - 8 months ago 67
LaTeX Question

What's the most straightforward way to typeset MLA-style college essays in LaTeX?

I've been using LaTeX for a little while now to typeset my algorithms homework, and I really like the quality of the output as well as the ease-of-use. I'd like to starting using LaTeX in other classes as well, but non–computer-science subjects have more stringent formatting requirements than I've come across in CS. Most classes that require essays want them to be formatted in MLA style, but I'm not sure what to best way to do that using LaTeX is. I've tried Googling "latex mla" and other similar things, but I've found many different MLA templates, and my LaTeX skills aren't good enough to determine which is the best. Is anyone else using LaTeX for "normal" essays, and, if so, how are you doing it?

Answer Source

This is definitely one of the problems with latex at the moment - it's hard to create exact document styles from scratch.

It may be that your school has templates somewhere - my uni certainly had them.

I would have thought the MLA package on CTAN was likely to be of high quality: http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/mla-paper/

(CTAN is the TeX network, and it's useful for finding more packages)