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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.
First M. Last, ed., Encyclopedia Title (City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication), Page(s).
Karen McGhee. Encylopedia of Animals (Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2007), 33.
Last name, First name. Encyclopedia Title. # ed. # vols. City of publication: Publisher, Year of publication.
McGhee, Karen. Encyclopedia of Animals. 3rd ed. 3 vols. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2007.
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