In MLA style the surname of the author and page number are inserted in the text at the appropriate point.

Single Author

  • List the author and page of the article

Example:
Simpson (274) absent-mindedly spilt his coffee across ...

In recent study of nuclear reactor accidents (Carlson 274) ...

Multiple Authors

  • For a work with 2-3 authors, include the names in the text of your paper or in parentheses.

Example:
(Carlson and Leonardson 352)

(Simpson, Burns, and Wiggum 245-50)

  • For works with more than four or more authors use the surname of the first author followed by "et al." and page.

Example:
Smithers et al. (16) found ...

Several empty doughnut boxes were found (Flanders et al. 62) ...

Other Examples

  • Authors with same surname - S. Bouvier (32) and P. Bouvier (81) also found
  • Two or more works by the same author(s) - Past research (Frink, Hyperbolic Topology, 213)
  • Works by different authors are listed in the same parentheses and separated by a semicolon - Several studies (Carlson & Leonardson, 52; Simpson, 210)
  • Business or corporation author shortened in parentheses - Employees morale improved after the training exercise (Springfield Nuclear, 29)
  • Reference to the whole work - A final text in 1997 (Gumble)
  • Personal communication such as letter, interview, e-mail, etc. Name in text with type of communication in works cited - According to Barney Gumble ..

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