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How to Cite a Dictionary Entry in Print in Chicago


Major dictionaries and encyclopedias are not usually included in bibliographies, but in the notes instead. Lesser-known reference materials, however, may be included in your bibliography. Check with your instructor.

Notes Structure:

Dictionary Title, # ed., s.v. "entry name."


Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 3rd ed., s.v. "donkey."

Bibliography Structure:

Dictionary Title. # ed. City of publication: Publisher, Year of publication.


Oxford English Dictionary. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989.

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