Clancy: Hi! I’m Clancy Clawson with the University of Maryland, Baltimore
Writing Center, and today we’re gonna talk about handling author names in reference list
entries according to the style guidelines at the American Psychological
Association, or APA. As always, our advice is drawn
from the sixth edition of the APA manual– this blue one. If you don’t have an APA
manual, please download our APA citations handout, and follow along.
Reference list entries contain four pieces of information: author names, publication date, title, and publication information. This video
talks about author names. When writing author names, the last name comes first followed by a comma and then the
initials. Here’s what that looks like for one
author. Notice the comma and the periods. If you have two authors, you join them
with an ampersand; that’s the “and” sign. Notice that there’s
a comma after the first name. If you’ve got three to seven authors you
do the same thing. You separate them with commas and join
the last one with an ampersand. Now, if you have eight or more authors, just list the first six–yes, that’s six
authors– followed by an ellipsis, then the last
one. Purple Man: This is way different than what you said to do in-text. In-text you said to use “et al.” I don’t know what “al” is, but like, is ellipses and dots? What’s up with that?
Where’s that “al” here? Clancy: It’s different. There’s no “et al.” in the reference list entry for names. That’s it! That’s how you
handle authors in your reference page. I’m
Clancy Clawson, and stay tuned because we have more APA videos coming your way.