Answered By: Rachel Willard Last Updated: May 09, 2017 Views: 2619
When creating a reference entry for a source with multiple authors, list all authors surnames and first initials if there are seven or fewer authors.
Wicks, M. S., Lauren, T. F., Hope, E. F., Frisk, T. T., Sanders, F. F., Terrace, E. W., & House, E.
F. (2006). What to do when you have seven authors. Journal of How-Tos, 34, 112–114.
If the source has eight or more authors, only identify the first six and the final authors listed. Use ellipses (...) to indicate missing authors.
Wicks, M. S., Lauren, T. F., Hope, E. F., Frisk, T. T., Sanders, F. F., Terrace, E. W., … House, E.
F. (2006). What to do when you have more than seven authors. Journal of How-Tos, 34,
When citing a resource in your text that has two authors, you will list both authors every time you cite the source: (Albers & Banden, 2014) or Albers and Banden (2014)
When citing a resources that has three, four, or five authors, cite all of the authors the first time you cite the source, and then use et al. every time after that. First time: (Albers, Banden, & Camry, 2014) or Albers, Banden, and Camry (2014). Subsequent citations: (Albers et al., 2014) or Albers et al. (2014).
When citing a resource that has six or more authors, cite only the first author and et al. First time: (Albers et al., 2014) or Albers et al. (2014). Subsequent citations: (Albers et al., 2014) or Albers et al. (2014).
**Note that when you have a parenthetical citation (the entire citation is in parentheses), you need to use an ampersand (&). If the citation is part of the sentence, you will use the word and.
- Look over examples of citations on the Common Reference List Examples.
- Read over how to correctly use et al.
- See APA's blog post on how to cite a source with more than 7 authors.
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