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MLA Citations Guide - Maple Woods

Welcome! Nervous about MLA citations? This is the place for you! Information about in-text citations, bibliography format, and general rules of practice for citations in academia!

Two Authors

When a work has two authors, include them in the order they appear on the work, and invert the first author's name but write out the second author's name normally.

Works Cited Format:

First Author's Last Name, First Name, and Second Author's First Name Last Name. Title of Book. Publisher, Year.

 

Example of a work with two authors:

Clarke, Tracylee, and Tarla Rai Peterson. Environmental Conflict Management. SAGE Publications, Inc., 2016.

 

In-Text Citation Example: Author within the text, direct quote:

Clarke and Peterson argued that "environmental conflict will never cease to exist, but it can be productively managed . . . " (3).

 

In-Text Citation Example: Authors not in the text, direct quote:

Upstream, downstream and midstream conflict explain some of the "numerous ways of categorized environmental conflict..." (Clarke and Peterson 3).

 

Three or More Authors

Invert the first author's name, then add a comma and "et al."

Works Cited Format:

First Author's Last Name, First Name, et. al. Title of Book. Publisher, Year.

 

Example of a work with two or more authors:

Hand, Cynthia, et. al. My Lady Jane. Harper Collins Publishers, 2016. 

 

In-text Citation Examples:

Authors within the text, direct quote:

According to Hand et al., "..." (54).

 

Authors not in the text, direct quote:

"..." (Hand et al. 54).