Citation Guide

MLA Parenthetical Citation

Two authors

  • List both authors' last names and page numbers (if there are any):
  • (Morin and Chapman 25)
  • (Huss and Rettler)

Three or more authors

  • List only the first author’s last name, and replace the additional names with et al.
  • (Mueller et al. 498)
  • (Parish et al.)

No author

  • If no author is listed, use a shortened title of the work. Put the title in quotation marks if it's a short work (such as an article) or italicize it if it's a longer work (books, entire Web sites) and include page numbers (if there are any).
  • For example, if you had a Web site article with the title "Practical Oral Care for People with Intellectual Disability", the parenthetical citation would be
  • ("Practical Oral").

MLA Works Cited Page

Two authors

  • The first name appears in last name, first name order; 2nd author name appear in first name last name format.
  • Knowles-Carter, Beyonce, and Shawn Carter.

Three or more authors:  

  • List only the first author followed by the phrase et al.
  • Chapman, Joel Walter, et al.

No author:

  • Start the citation with the title of the article or book. Put the title in quotation marks if it's a short work (such as an article) or italicize it if it's a longer work (books, entire Web sites)
  •  "Practical Oral Care for People with Intellectual Disability."