Here are some short guides that may be of help in writing your critical essays. They do not replace the MLA Handbook, but they can supplement that longer text.
Crib notes from the MLA Handbook:
Guide to writing essays in Communication and Media Studies:
Guide to writing essays that focus on specific films, television, media, or cultural objects:
And lastly, a guide to writing college papers in general (a blast from the past, but still very helpful):
Also, here’s a flyer with information about Saint Mary’s Writing Center which is a great resource for improving your writing: