@Pippinwhite -- I'd say a works cited page is really the common sense way to do the old bibliography. Mostly, what MLA did was streamline the citing process. The formatting is usually common sense, too, when it comes to margins and so forth. And since you don't have to leave room at the bottom for footnotes, it's much easier. Plus, superscript is a pain in the neck in a word processing program.
When I had a professor who wanted footnotes, I just put my numbers in, and then next to the numbers, I put some kind of special character, like a subsection mark. Then, I ran a macro that would search for numbers followed by the character, and superscript the numbers and omit the character. You have to jump through a bunch of hoops and MLA is much, much easier.