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MLA Style: Basics

This guide is intended to help you cite sources in MLA style, avoid plagiarism, learn what MLA style is and includes, find examples of MLA style, lead you to campus resources that can help you cite sources in MLA, and more.

Work by Three or More Authors/Creators

IMPORTANT! See note about the hanging indent requirement on the left-bottom of the page.


General Format

(AuthorLastNameA et al. page#)


AuthorLastNameA et al. stated that ... (page#).

See note ¹


For Example

Marscot et al. discuss the ... (29).


The authors disagree with a hypothesis proposed by .... (Marscot et al. 14).


Corresponding Works Cited entry

Marscot, Michel et al. Applied Social Sciences. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.


¹ For works with three or more authors, include the last name of the first author followed by et al (see the MLA Handbook p. 116 for more information).