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):

Short, E. L., & Prevett, T. A. (2001). Relativity. In The New Encyclopedia Britannica (Vol. 13, pp. 510-511). 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

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For further help please contact the Wolak Learning Center at 603.645.9606 (UC Students) and Online Writing Center at 866.721.1662 (Online/COCE Students) for assistance with citing sources in APA Style.

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

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