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APA: Dictionary

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How to Cite a Dictionary Online in APA Format

Structure:

Author Last, F. M. (Year, Month Date). Entry Name [Def. Number]. In F. M. Last (Ed.) & F. M. Last (Trans.), Website Title. Retrieved Month Date, Year, from URL.

Examples:

Citation [Def. 2]. (n.d.). In Merriam Webster Online, Retrieved September 24, 2011, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/citation.

Hemorrhage [Def. 1]. (n.d.). Merriam-Webster Online. In Merriam-Webster. Retrieved January 2, 2013, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/citation.

Make sure to:

  • Add a definition number (ex 5b).
  • Check the box if the source is well-known.
  • Provide the advanced information for the dictionary if it is available.

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