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MLA Style Guide

Listing Author Names in the Works Cited List


When creating works cited entries, follow the same guidelines for listing names as in in-text citations:

  • For books with 1 author, include the author's name
  • For books with 2 authors, include both authors' names
  • For books with 3 or more authors, include the first author's name followed by et al.


Number of Authors Template Example
1 Author Last, First. Gallant, Lynette.
2 Authors Last, First and First Last. Gallant, Lynette and Geoff Marr.
3+ Authors Last, First et al. Gallant, Lynette et al.