When citing a work by two writers, the first given name should be written as "Last name, First name," while the second author's name should be written as "First name, Last name." book title Author 1 (Last name, First Name), et al. Name of the publisher, publication date.
For works with three or more authors, the in-text citation is condensed to the first author's name, followed by et al. and the year. Author's surname and first initial are used as references. At the end of the text, there should be a new sentence that includes all the reference information, including the title, publisher, date, location for books, and an abbreviation for articles.
Here is an example of a citation with four authors: Gayle Pitchers, Peter Schrag, John Street, and Andrew Wilson. The citation in the text reads "Pitchers et al., 1989," and at the end of the text "Pitchers et al., 1989, 'Gayle Pitchers Memorial Lecture.'" Note that the year is included even though it has no effect on the bibliography.
If there are five or more authors, then each one gets their own line in the in-text citation. This makes sense because each one needs a separate reference entry in the bibliography. For example, if the cited work has six authors, then there would be six lines in the in-text citation ("Gayle Pitchers, Peter Schrag, John Street, Andrew Wilson, and Russell Widmer"), and six entries in the bibliography ("Pitchers et al., 1989; Gayle Pitchers Memorial Lecture").
The last names and first initials of two writers should be separated by an ampersand in works by two authors (&). These names should be followed by the publication date, which should be surrounded in parentheses. If the work is a journal article, the title should come right after the publication date. If the work is a book, the title should appear before the publication date.
An example of a bibliographic entry for a work written by two authors would look like this: &; Carter, D. F. 1988. New methods in historical geography. London: HarperCollins.
This citation rules out titles that contain & (such as A Brief History of Time) or those that are only partially visible (such as I, Daniel Blake). It also excludes references that use numeric sequences to identify multiple authors (for example, 1/2 or 2/3), or lists of authors at the end of the text (see Endnotes).
References can be inserted into the body of your essay using the following format: [Author's name], [year published]. Works written by an author other than those listed will need to have their own reference, using the same format.
It is important to give each reference a unique label - this not only identifies the reference within the body of your essay, but it will also make it easier when it comes time to cite them in a bibliography or research paper.
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).
Give the initial author's name followed by et al. for the parenthetical citation and works cited citation.
Format for Works Cited: One Author, Last Name, First Name. The title of the book Date of publication, Publisher, Location where published Copyright information Page number or illustration where citation is made.
In this case, it is one book by Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford. The title is "Oxoniensis prosopographia, or A Register of the Younger House of De Vere", and it was published in 1731. That would be the first time this book appeared on print; it was originally written in Latin. It can be found at Google Books here: https://books.google.com/books?id=yZ4AAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q=oxoniensis%20prosopographia%20or%20a%20register%20of%20the%20younger%20house%20of%20de%20vere&f=false
Citations using this format will appear as follows on the manuscript or printed page: Oxford, Edward de Vere, earl of (1731).