Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: May 12, 2017     Views: 125

The following are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors in MLA style. 

Sources with three or fewer authors: List the authors' last names and the page number in the text or parenthetical citation:

Smith, Jones, and Johnson discuss that tougher drug laws are not reducing heroin-related deaths in the United States (101).

The authors state "Heroin-related deaths are both a legal and social issue" (Smith, Jones, and Johnson 101).

Sources with more than three authors: Use the first author's last name followed by et al. or all the last names and then the page number:

Harris et al. disagrees with Smith, Jones, and Johnson's opinion by referencing the recent drop in heroin-related deaths in Chicago (14).

Another author disagrees with Smith, Jones, and Johnson's opinion by noting the recent drop in heroin-related deaths in Chicago  (Harris et al. 14).

Visit the OWL at Purdue website or Nova Southeastern University's MLA guide for more information.

This information is intended to be a guideline, not expert advice. Please be sure to speak to your professor about the appropriate way to cite a source with multiple authors in your class assignments and projects.

For more information about citing a source with multiple authors in MLA Style, please visit our MLA guide or contact the Learning Center (UC Students) or Online Writing Center (COCE Students) for additional information.

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