MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook (8 th ed. ), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, intext citations, endnotesfootnotes, and the Works Cited page.
Read on to learn how to cite a book with multiple authors using MLA style. Write the authors' names, followed by a period. If there are only two authors, then you need to list both in the same order that their names appeared on the title page. Aug 29, 2018 Use a terminal comma if you're listing more than three authors. Example: (Jones, Barney, and Statham 89). If you're citing multiple works by the same author, dispel any ambiguity by including an abbreviated version of the appropriate title in the parenthetical citation.
Authors in MLA Format. Authors are formatted the same in all material formats. List first author with the last name first Examples: Smith, John D. Smith, John David. Two authors are separated by a comma after the first author and the word and.
Example: Smith, John D.and Rosemary L. Jones. Only the first author's name is inverted. 5. Book with Two or Three Authors: The first authors name listed is reversed the last name comes before the first name. The names of the second and third authors One author: Smith, John K.
Title. Two authors: Smith, John K.and Tim Sampson. Title. Three authors: Smith, John K.Tim Sampson, and Alex J. Hubbard. Title. Four or more authors: Smith, John K.et al. Title. Sometimes the main contributor is not an author, but another contributor type, such as an editor for a book or conductor for a musical piece.
MLA recommends you take information from the original source whenever possible. If you must cite information from an indirect source, name the original source in the body of your text and cite the source you actually consulted in your intext citation. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th edition Books with three or more authors cite the first authors name followed by et al. Pavia, Daniel L, et Basic book. Jans, Nick.
The Last Light Breaking: Life among Alaska's Inupiat Eskimos. Alaska Northwest Books, 1993. Edited book. Miller, John, and Tim Smith, editors. Cape Cod Stories: Tales from Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard.
Chronicle Books, 1996. NOTE: In the case of more than three authors or editors, it is also acceptable to include all of the authors' or editors' names in the intext parenthetical reference Book with Three to Five Authors or Editors (pp. 177, 202) The general format below refers to a book with three authors.
For a book with four or five authors, you would add the additional authors' names after the first three. Books shelved as multipleauthors: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Dash& Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Intext citation examples; General Rules has more information about citing multiple authors, undated sources, etc.