Include the last names of both writers in parenthesis, separated by the word "and," followed by the page number (no comma before the page number). In parenthesis, provide the first author's last name, followed by "et al." and the page number (no comma before the page number).
For example, if the paper was written by John Smith and Jane Doe, then it would be written out as follows: John Smith and Jane Doe. Page numbers do not need to be included in citations using this method.
Alas, this is not a simple task with any degree of consistency, especially when writing about people alive today. For one thing, most people don't like having their names used in conjunction with others', so they often try to get away with short forms instead. For example, "John Smith" might be referred to as "Smith" or "JS", while "Jane Doe" might be called "Doe" or "JD". These are abbreviations that only other scholars will understand!
Now, it is certainly acceptable to use abbreviations in your own writings, but unless you want to look extremely ignorant, you should always attempt to use full names in citations. This is especially important for scholars who write frequently about the same topic, since it allows them to be identified more easily.
Include the last name of the first author followed by et al. for publications with three or more authors (see the MLA Handbook p. 116 for more information). For instance, Marscot et al. (2017) would be cited as Marscole et al.
Citing more than three authors is difficult if not impossible using only first names. You should include the year published and the page number if available.
For example, Marscole et al. (2017) studied how cats interact with people inside and outside the home. The study was conducted to help develop guidelines for cat behavior counseling programs.
See also the NCBI Bookshelf for additional resources on this topic.
Handbook 21: Begin with the author's surname name, followed by a comma, and then the author's first name or initials (Handbook 21). The author's name should be used exactly as it appears in the source. James Patterson. J. K. Rowling.
For several citations in one sentence MLA, include the first author's name followed by the phrase "et al" (that signifies others), excluding quotation marks. You can also provide in-text citations at the conclusion, such as "In a discussion by Dee and his colleagues.." (Dee et al. 43).
Unless there is no author, the author's name is always the first thing given in a works cited entry. Entries on your works cited page should be listed alphabetically by the author's surname. The author's first (or only) name is recorded as "Last Name, First Name."
If you list more than one author, separate their names with a comma: "Last, First." If the work was written by multiple people, make sure to follow standard academic practice and list them in order of appearance, for example "Last, First; Last, Second; Third, Fourth."
In general, use your best judgment when creating your bibliography or works cited page. If you are unsure how to format an author's name, look it up under "how to write a biography" in your textbook or online research guide.
Once you have completed your bibliography or works cited page, be sure to reference it within your essay. For example, if you include information from your works cited page in your body text, try to do so directly after where it appears on the page. This will help readers find information that may not be apparent in isolation.