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Sources with two authors

List the authors' last names in the sentence and put the page number in parentheses at the end. Alternatively, list the authors' last names and the page number in parentheses at the end (see page 116 of the MLA 8th ed).

For example:

Russell and Winterbottom state in their introduction that .... (11).

The authors state that ... (Russell and Winterbottom 11).

Corresponding Works Cited entry:

Russell, D. A., and Michael Winterbottom. Classical Literary Criticism. Oxford UP, 2008.

Sources with three or more authors

For works with three or more authors, include the last name of the first author followed by et al (see the MLA Handbook p. 116 for more information).

For example:

Marscot et al. discuss the ... (29).

The authors disagree with a hypothesis proposed by .... (Marscot et al. 14).

Corresponding Works Cited entry:

Marscot, Michel et al. Applied Social Sciences. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.

More Information

For further help please contact the Wolak Learning Center at 603.645.9606 (Campus Students) and Online Writing Center at 866.721.1662 (Online Students) for assistance with citing a source with multiple authors in MLA Style.

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.


The Modern Language Association of America. (2016). MLA Handbook. New York: Modern Language Association of America.

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