How to List Author Names Using MLA Style

Things You'll Need

  • All the author's names

  • Include first and last name and middle initial whenever possible. On an MLA Works Cited page, all primary authors names should be listed last name, first name and middle initial. If you do not have all of this information, then include as much as possible. For example, Leslie Joanne Liptly should be written Liptly, Leslie J. because you have more than enough information to fill all requirements. A. Tyson, however, must be recorded as Tyson, A.
  • Leave out titles. Professional titles like Doctor, Professor or Saint should not be included. Nor should degrees.Therefore, Dr. Jonathan Pitten, PhD., will be listed simply as Pitten, Jonathan.
  • Include name suffixes. These include additions such as Jr., Sr. and III. For example, Professor Lincoln P.Strafford, Sr. will appear as "Strafford, Lincoln P., Sr."
  • List solo author entries first. If you have multiple sources with the same author, list the sources that the author created alone first. For example, Lester Manley authored one article, "Pleasing the Peanut," alone and wrote one book, Peanuts in America, with Angie Mooring, then Manley's entries should look like this: Manley, Lester. "Pleasing the Peanut." (the rest of the citation should be inserted here) Manely, Lester, and Angie Mooring. Peanuts in America. (the rest of the citation should be inserted here)
  • List multiple works by the same author immediately under the author's first entry with three hyphens replacing the author's name. For example, if Kimberly Hummer wrote three articles, "Growing Cherries in a Dry Climate," "Adaptive Processes of the Japanese Cherry Tree," and "Cherry Pie for Everyone," then her entries should look like this: Hummer, Kimberly. "Adaptive Processes of the Japanese Cherry Tree." (the rest of the citation should be inserted here) ---. "Cherry Pie for Everyone." (the rest of the citation should be inserted here) ---. "Growing Cherries in a Dry Climate." (insert the rest of the citation here)

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