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APA 7 Citation Style: Textbook With Three or More Authors

Students' guide to APA 7

APA Citation -- Cengage Textbook With Three or More Authors

References List Format

Last name of first author, First and middle initial of first author, Last name of second author, First and middle

     initial of second author, & Last name of third author, First name and middle initial of third

     author. (Year of Publication). Title of book (edition if any). Publisher. URL

In-Text Citation Format (Direct Quote)

(First Author’s Last Name et al., Year of publication, p. #*)


In-Text Citation Format (Paraphrased or Summarized)

(First Author’s Last Name et al., Year of publication)


*If the page number is not available, you should include either the chapter number or the section number.

References List Example

Starr, C., Taggart, R., Evers, C., & Starr, L. (2018).  Biology: The unity and diversity of life (15th ed.).



In-Text Citation Example (Direct Quote)

(Starr et al., 2018, sect 7.3)


In-Text Citation Example (Paraphrased or Summarized)

(Starr et al., 2017)



General Information About Citations

When writing an APA paper you use two types of citations: 

  1. in-text (or parenthetical) citation
  2. References page citation. 

These citations are directly linked.  Any in-text citation should reflect a citation in your References page at the end of your APA paper.

The in-text citation is a brief reference to your source which then leads your reader to your References page for the full citation. 


A Word About Punctuation

The punctuation in your citations does matter.  Make sure you pay attention to where the periods and commas are in the examples. 

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