How to Cite Two Author Names in MLA Form

Citing books with more than one author requires just one additional step in your reference process. Within Modern Language Association format, place both authors' names on your works cited reference and in-text citations. Note that multiple authors are a distinct category from translators or editors.

Your Works Cited Page

To include a work with two authors on your works cited page, place the second author's name after the first in your reference. The first author's name is in lastname, firstname format, but the second author's name is in firstname lastname format. A book citation with two authors would use the following information:

Author One Lastname, Firstname, and Author Two Firstname Lastname. Title of Book. Publication City: Publisher, Year. Format.

See the following example:

Barnes, Mary, and Joe Berke. Mary Barnes Two Accounts of a Journey Through Madness. New York: Ballantine Books, 1971. Print.

Editors and Translators

If a book has an editor or a translator, the editor or translator is not included as one of the authors on the works cited page. Instead, the editor or translator information is placed after the title of the book. Use "Ed." in front of an editor name, and "Trans." in front of a translator name:

Shakespeare, William. Measure for Measure. Ed. Sylvan Barnet. New York, Signet Classics, 1964. Print.

Bataille, Georges. The Accursed Share, Volume 1. Trans. Robert Hurley. New York: Zone Books, 1991. Print.

However, if a book has multiple authors and a translator or editor, the multiple authors are cited normally:

Tsumura, Kenji, and Matsuhara Miyamoto. Advantage and Tempo. Trans. Frank Fillion. New York: Harcourt, 2004. Print.

In-Text Citations -- Quotes and Paraphrasing

An in-text citation is placed in your MLA paper whenever you reference the information from one of your sources. MLA in-text citations are placed in parentheses, and contain author names and the page number of the referenced information. For two authors, separate the author name with "and." No commas are needed. An in-text citation may be for a direct quote from your source:

The account suggests that loss of identity was needed for acceptance: "the price of love was the loss of myself" (Barnes and Berke 159).

However, include an in-text citation when you re-word -- or paraphrase -- information from your source.

Artistic expression, in this case painting, was endorsed as a way to reach the unconscious (Barnes and Berke 249).

Editor or translator information is not included in in-text citations:

"Even this updated view of card advantage," sources note, "does not take into account tipping points on the small scale" (Tsumura and Miyamoto 12).

Including Authors in Text

In MLA style, the author names in your in-text citation may be omitted if a quote or an idea is attributed to its authors in your writing. In this case, the in-text citation will only include page number:

The account made by Barnes and Berke notes the effects of time distortion in schizophrenic patients (79).

About the Author

Jon Zamboni began writing professionally in 2010. He has previously written for The Spiritual Herald, an urban health care and religious issues newspaper based in New York City, and online music magazine eBurban. Zamboni has a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from Wesleyan University.

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