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MLA Style Guide

Book with 3 or More Authors


When referencing a source with 3 or more authors, include the first author's name in reverse order followed by a comma and et al. which means "and others." See example below:

There are different ways to format an in-text citation, depending on your writing style and sentence structure. Every in-text citation must include the author's last name and page number. Formatting examples are outlined below:

Reference Information

Sorrentino, Sheila A., et al. Mosby’s Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker. Elsevier, 2013.

In-text Citation Guidelines



Include the first author's last name followed by et al. and page number placed in brackets at the end of a sentence.


Consider this a paraphrased sentence (Sorrentino et al. 227).   


Include the first author's last name followed by and others as part of the sentence; include the page number in brackets.


The research of Sorrentino and others showed "consider this a direct quote" (227).

Remember, in-text citation formatting may change depending on a number of factors.