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APA: C. Three to Five Authors or Editors

Book with Three to Five Authors or Editors (pp. 177, 202)

The general format below refers to a book with three authors.  For a book with four or five authors, you would add the additional authors' names after the first three.
If you are dealing with a book that has three to five editors instead of authors, you would simply insert the names of the editors into the place where the authors' names are now, followed by "(Eds.)" without the quotation marks (as per the example).  The rest of the format would remain the same.
General Format 
      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 
      (Author Surname, Author Surname, & Author Surname, Year)
      NOTE: Although the first in-text citation for a work with three to five authors/editors
      includes all of the names of the authors/editors, subsequent citations include
      only the first author's/editor's surname, followed by et al. and the year.
      In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):
      (Author Surname, Author Surname, & Author Surname, Year, page number)
      Author Surname, First Initial. Second Initial., Author Surname, First Initial.
            Second Initial., & Author Surname, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year). Book title:
            Subtitle. Place of Publication: Publisher.
      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 
      (Johnson, Roberts, & Worell, 1999)
      NOTE: A subsequent citation would appear as (Johnson et al., 1999)
      In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):
      (Johnson, Roberts, & Worell, 1999, p. 72)
      Johnson, N. G., Roberts, M. C., & Worell, J. (Eds.). (1999). Beyond appearance: A new
            look at adolescent girls. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

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