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MLA 8 Citation Style: Two Authors

WCCC Student's Guide to MLA 8

MLA Citation -- Book with Two Authors

Works Cited Format


Last name of first author, First name of first author, and First and Last name of second author. Title of Book.

     Edition (if any), Publisher, Date.


In-Text Citation Format 


(Author’s Last Name p. #)


Works Cited Example


Kennedy, David M., and Lizabeth Cohen. The American Pageant. 16th ed., Cengage Learning, 2016.



In-Text Citation Example 


(Kennedy and Cohen 59)



MLA In-Text Citations

When writing an MLA paper using citations, you use two types of citations: 

  1. in-text (or parenthetical) citation
  2. Works Cited citation. 

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

The in-text citation is a brief reference to your source which then leads your reader to your Works Cited 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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