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How to Cite a Source with Multiple Authors (MLA)
Paul DiGeorgio, Ph.D.

 

Citing a Book with Two Authors

To cite a book with two authors (in-text citation, direct or indirect), you give the last name of each author in addition to the page. Format: (last name 1 and last name 2 page #)

e.g. (Doner and DiGeorgio 7)

If your book has two authors, you begin your Works Cited entry as you would for a book with multiple authors (see above). You give the name of the first/primary author in inverted order (last name, first name) with a comma after each name, and then you list the second author in normal order (first name last name) with a period after the second author's last name.

e.g. Kallick, Bena, and Allison Zmuda. Students at the Center: Personalized Learning with Habits of Mind. ASCD, 2017.

e.g. Moran, Dermot, and Joseph Cohen. The Husserl Dictionary. Continuum, 2012.

Citing a Book with Three or More Authors

For an in-text citation of a book with three or more authors, you provide only the first author's last name, and then replace the rest of the names with "et al." (literally "and others").

e.g. (DiGeorgio et al. 12)

If you have three or more authors, instead of listing out each name, you only include the first author on your Works Cited page (last name, first name), and then you write the Latin phrase et al. Make sure you include the period after "et al".

e.g. DiGeorgio, Paul, et al. [Then add the rest of the entry as usual.]

Citing an Article with Two Authors

For an in-text citation of an article with two authors, you give the last name of each author in addition to the page. Format: (last name 1 and last name 2 page #)

As with a book (see above), if you are citing an article that has two authors, you begin your Works Cited entry by giving the name of the first/primary author in inverted order (last name, first name) with a comma after each name, and then you list the second author in normal order (first name last name) with a period after the second author's last name.

For information on the rest of the citation format for articles (academic, magazine, or newspaper) see the main Works Cited article here

Citing an Article with Three or More Authors

For an in-text citation of an article with three or more authors, you provide only the first author's last name, and then replace the rest of the names with "et al".

For your Works Cited page, if you have three or more authors, instead of listing out each name, you only include the first author (last name, first name), and then you write the Latin phrase et al. Make sure you include the period after "et al" (which translates to "and others").

e.g. DiGeorgio, Paul, et al. [Then add the rest of the entry as usual.]

For information on the rest of the citation format for articles (academic, magazine, or newspaper) see the main Works Cited article here

 

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