Q. Can you give me an example of how et al is used?
The latin phase et al. is used in APA format to abbreviate a long list of authors or editors. If a book you are citing has six or more authors, you would cite it using this format:
(FirstAuthor, et al., date).
(Barrett, et al., 2013).
See the APA Help guide for more information.
You can use the same format to abbreviate lists of 3 or more authors after the first time you use a source in your paper. The first time you use a source, you need to write out the whole list of their names in the citation.
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