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MLA 8 Citation Style: Three or More Authors

WCCC Student's Guide to MLA 8

MLA Citation -- Book with Three or More Authors

Works Cited Format


Last name of first author, First name of first author, et al. Title of Book. Edition (if any), Publisher, Date.


In-Text Citation Format 


(Author’s Last Name et al. p. #)


Works Cited Example


Montoya, Maria E., et al. Global Americans: A History of the United States. 16th ed., Cengage Learning,




In-Text Citation Example 


(Montoya et al. 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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