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Modern Language Association (MLA): Multiple Authors

When more than one person has authored a text, typical bibliographic entries will appear as follows:

Include the last name, followed by a comma, and the first name of the first author that appears on the title page. For subsequent authors, include "and" and the author's name with the first name of the author listed first, followed by the last name. The authors' names should be given as they are on the title page of the text, in the order they appear (which will NOT always be alphabetical). If two authors share the same last name, each author's full name should still appear. If the name[s] of editors, translators or compilers appear on the title page, place a comma after the name and include "ed[s].", "trans.", or " comp[s]." respectively. If more than three persons authored the book, you may include only the first name that appears on the title page, followed by a comma and "et al." or you may include all the names of the authors in the order in which they appear on the title page.

For additional information, please see the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (6th edition) and the MLA style website.