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MLA Style Citation Examples: Authors

Find how to cite a web page, journal, book, eBook, textbook, magazine, newspaper, video, DVD, TV show, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or blog post. Find how to format in-text/parenthetical citations, papers, and cite when no author or date is listed.

Author Examples

 One Author                             Two Authors                                            Three or More

Last name, First name

(middle initial if provided)

Last name, First name

(middle initial if provided), and 

First name Last name

(middle initial if provided).

Last name, First name 

(middle initial if provided), et al.

Smith, Karie J. Smith, Karie J., and Micah Johnson Smith, Karie J., et al.


Start the entry with the Title of Work:‚Äč

  • Journal example
    • “Sharing Reference Information.” Northwest Missourian, 1 Mar. 2012, pp. C1-C2.
  • Book example
    • Maze. Northwest Missouri State University, 2011.
  • Web page example
    • “Incorporating Writing into the Content Area Classroom.” Public Schools of North Carolina, languagearts/secondary/writing/014writinghaven. Accessed 12 Aug. 2016.
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