Answered By: Jennifer Harris
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Print Encyclopedia

The basic format for citing a print encyclopedia in APA style is:

Author, A. (Year). Title of entry. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Title of the reference book (pp. xxx-xxx. Location: Publisher.

For example (don't forget to indent the second and subsequent lines):

Bergmann, P. G., & Prevett, T. A. (2011). Relativity. In The new encyclopedia Britannica (Vol. 26, pp. 501-508). Chicago, IL: Encyclopedia Britannica.

Entry in an Online Reference Database

The basic format for citing an entry in an online reference database in APA style is:

Author, A. (Date). Title of publication. Retrieved date, from Example Reference database. 

For example (don't forget to indent the second and subsequent lines):

American Academy of Pediatrics: Fact sheet. (n.d.). Hoover's company records. Retrieved July 4, 2011 from Hoover's Company Records database.

Online Dictionary Entry

The basic format for citing an online dictionary entry in APA style is:

Author, A. (n.d. for no date). Entry heading or title. In Title of dictionary (if there is no volume or page numbers use edition information). Retrieved from URL or home page URL of book publisher

For example (don't forget to indent the second and subsequent lines):

Goth. (n.d.). In Merriam-Webster's online dictionary (11th ed.). Retrieved from http://www.merriamwebster.com/dictionary/goth

This information is intended to be a guideline, not expert advice. Please be sure to speak to your professor about the appropriate way to site reference materials in your class assignments and projects.

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More Information

The library provides access to resources like video tutorial and web resources that can help you cite reference materials in APA style. Please visit our Citing Your Sources guide or explore the resources below for help. You may also want to contact the Learning Center (UC Students) or Online Writing Center (COCE Students) for additional information about citing sources in APA Style.

Video tutorials on APA style including citing sources, formatting papers, and more are available via the Atomic Learning database. Please note: you will be asked to log in using your SNHU email username and password. 

Helpful Web Resources:

These web resources may be helpful if you need assistance citing reference materials in APA Style. However, be sure to evaluate any sources you use--the Shapiro Library cannot vouch for the accuracy of information provided on external websites.

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