Q. How do you use et al. correctly?


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

To see examples of how to use et al. correctly:

  • Visit the APA Help Guide.  
  • Click References and In-text Citation Examples
  • Click by BOOKS
  • See authors - three to five or authors - six or more.

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

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  • Last Updated Feb 10, 2020
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  • Answered By Beth Lofgren

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