This handy, pocket-sized reference is something that everyone in college (and even high school) should own. It has made life much easier during academic writing. Here are the reasons I love it, and why you will, too:
-It is small (about the size of an index card and 1/4" thick). It's easy to keep with your laptop, books, or anything else. -It's concise and easy to find what you're looking for. The entire guide is pretty much written in bullet points. When knocking out a "works cited" page, for instance, it provides easy, clear directions and examples to follow. -It's yellow, meaning if you accidentally leave it out during an all-night writing extravaganza, you can quickly locate it. -It follows the MLA 7th edition (most recent as of 2011) -It provides little tables and reference points for things like what to record from a book when doing research.
I give it four stars because it pretty much only covers four topics. The first part offers general guidelines (such as "information to record"), the second covers formatting (like margins), the third covers in-text citation, and the fourth covers "works cited" guidelines. 90% of the time, this is all that anyone needs. Also, the cover is made of a thicker card stock instead of something more durable (or even laminated card stock). If you carry this around, it will not be able to take years of abuse.
This guide is NOT a comprehensive explanation to all things MLA. It is simply a reference tool. I love this thing so much that I have even suggested that my professor put it on his "recommended readings" list.