Q. How do you use et al. correctly?


Et al. is used when citing a source by three or more authors. 

Look for examples of how to use et al. correctly on the APA Help Guide.  

  • Click on References and In-text Citation Examples
  • Then click the drop down arrow by Books to see examples for three to seven authors or eight or more authors.

Helpful hint:  In et al., et should not be followed by a period, but al. should be followed by a period.

The Purdue Owl Writing Lab has some examples on their website, too.

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  • Last Updated May 07, 2018
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  • Answered By Beth Lofgren

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