Q. How do I cite encyclopedia entries?

Answer

APA

For entries with an author, APA recommends the following:

 

    Author Last Name, First Initial(s). (date of book). Title of entry. In Editor first initial(s) Editor Last Name 

(Ed.), Title of encyclopedia. Publisher. URL

 

For entries without a named author, APA recommends the following:

 

Title of entry. (date of book). Title of entry. In Editor first initial(s) Editor Last Name 

(Ed.), Title of encyclopedia. Publisher. URL


 

MLA

For entries with an author, MLA recommends the following:

 

    Author Last Name, Author First Name. “Title of Entry.” Title of Encyclopedia. Publisher, Publication 

Date, page range for entry (if provided). Database Name, URL.

 

For entries without an author, MLA recommends the following:

 

“Title of Entry.” Title of Encyclopedia. Publisher, Publication 

Date, page range for entry (if provided). Database Name, URL.


 

Chicago

For substantial encyclopedia entries with an author Chicago recommends the following format:

 

N    1. Author First Name Author Last Name, “Title of Entry,” in Title of Encyclopedia, ed. Editor(s) First 

Name Last Name (Place of Publication: Publisher, Publication/Copyright date), page number (if 

provided), URL.

 

B    Author Last Name, Author First Name. “Title of Entry.” In Title of Encyclopedia, edited by Editors(s) First 

Name Last Name, page number range for entry (if provided). Place of Publication: Publisher, 

Publication/Copyright date. URL.

 

For shorter entries in well known works, you should only cite them in footnotes and not the bibliography as follows:

 

N    1. Name of Reference Source (if a book like Encyclopedia Britannica put it in italics), s.v. “Title of entry,” 

by Author First Name Author Last Name (if it has one), accessed date, URL.

 

If you need further help, contact a librarian.

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