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I'm writing a group paper and I was wondering whether there's a correct way to list multiple authors at the top of the first page in MLA format. Normally the header would look something like:

My Name
Instructor's Name
Course Name
12 February 2013

But if there's three of us, should it be something like:

Group Member 1, Group Member 2, Group Member 3
Instructor's Name
Course Name
12 February 2013

Or should they be separated by semicolons? Is there even any standard to follow at all? If our group had a name I'd use that, but it doesn't.

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I just checked my copy of MLA Handbook and I find no guidance on this case. The only example it gives has a single name. (I'll readily yield to someone who can point out that I missed something.) Given that, I'd just say, "Do something sensible." It's conventional in other instances, like footnotes, to separate names with commas, so that's what I'd do.

Of course if your instructor has given specific guidance, or if your school has a style sheet, I'd follow that.

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From memory (and this is quite a long time ago - since finishing my first degree I've used Turabian style rather than MLA), you are correct to use full names (first name before surname), in alphabetical order, separated by commas on a single line.

Do you have a copy of the MLA Style Manual? I'd strongly recommend it if you are going to be using MLA style frequently. You can buy it on Amazon or at a decent bookshop.

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