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APA: Encyclopedia

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How to Cite an Encyclopedia in Print in APA Format

Structure:

Last, F. M., & Last, F. M. (Year Published). Article title. In Encyclopedia Name. (Vol.#, pp. Page(s)). City, State: Publisher.

Examples:

McGhee, K., & McKay, G. (2007). Insects. In Encyclopedia of Animals. (pp. 170-171). Washington, DC: National Geographic Society.

Bunson, M. R. (2012). Historical overview. In Encyclopedia on Ancient Egypt. (3rd ed., pp. Xii-Xv). New York, NY: Infobase Publishing.

How to Cite an Encyclopedia Online in APA Format

Format:

Last, F. M., & Last, F. M. (Year Published) Article title. In Encyclopedia Name. Retrieved from URL.

Examples:

McGhee, K., & McKay, G. (2007). Insects. In Encyclopedia of Animals. Retrieved from http://books.google.com.

Bunson, M. R. (2012). Historical Overview. In Encyclopedia on Ancient Egypt. (3rd ed., pp. Xii-Xv). Retrieved from http://www.infobasepublishing.com/.

How to Cite an Encyclopedia on a Database in APA Format

Format:

Last, F. M. (Year Published). Article title. In F. M. Last (Ed.), Encyclopedia Name. (Vol. Volume, pp. Page(s)). City, State: Publisher. Retrieved Month Date, Year, from URL

Examples:

Holmes, H. (2003). Advertising of food. In S. H. Katz (Ed.), "Advertising of Food" Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. Vol. 1, pp. 16-20). New York, NY: Scribner’s. Retrieved July 2, 2010, from http://www.gale.cengage.com

Bunson, M. R. (2012). Historical Overview. In Encyclopedia on Ancient Egypt. (3rd ed., pp. Xii-Xv). New York, NY: Infobase Publishing. Retrieved January 3, 2013, from http://www.infobasepublishing.com

For well-known reference works, it is not necessary to include full publication information.

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