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APA (6th Edition) Referencing Guide

Referencing Guide based on the 6th Edition of APA style

Dictionary and Encyclopedia Entries

A dictionary or encyclopedia entry is treated in much the same way as a chapter of an edited book, only you do not include page numbers. If the entry has an author, then attribute the entry as per normal. If it does not have an attributed author, the title of the entry jumps into the first position, and is referenced in text instead of an author's name.

See When the Author Isn't a Person.

Format

Online:

Author A.A. (year). Dictionary/Encyclopedia entry. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Name of dictionary/encyclopedia (edition, if not the first). Retrieved from URL

In print:

Author A.A. (year). Dictionary/Encyclopedia entry. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Name of dictionary/encyclopedia (edition, if not the first). City, US State or Country: Publisher.

No author:

Dictionary/Encyclopedia entry. (year). In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Name of dictionary/encyclopedia (edition, if not the first). Retrieved from URL

 

Examples

Güzeldere, G. (2005). Zombies. In L. Nadel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of cognitive science. Retrieved from https://search.credoreference.com/content/entry/wileycs/zombies

Zombie. (2013). In S. Butler (Ed.), The Macquarie dictionary (6th ed.). Retrieved from https://search.credoreference.com/content/entry/macqdict/zombie

Zucchini. (1992). In J. M. Hughes, P. A. Michell and W. S. Ransom (Eds.),  The Australian concise Oxford dictionary (2nd ed.). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

In Text

Zombies are noted to be indistinguishable from humans, apart from certain mental features (Güzeldere, 2005).

A zombie is a corpse "supposedly brought to life" by supernatural forces ("Zombie", 2013).

Zucchinis are a variety of marrow, also known as a corgette ("Zucchini", 1992).

Notes:

  • If you cannot find editors for the dictionary, skip that part of the reference and go straight to the title.

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