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APA Referencing - Education & CCSC students: Dictionary/Encyclopedia

This guide provides information on how to reference using the APA 7th edition publication style


APA 7th Edition


Dictionary, thesaurus, or encylopedia (APA7)

Dictionary, thesaurus, or encyclopedia

In-text reference

(Merriam-Webster, n.d.)

Reference list

A retrieval date is not used for works that do not change. When a work is routinely updated, use "n.d." (not dated) as the date and include a retrieval date.

Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). dictionary. Retrieved July 6, 2020, from 

Entry in a reference work (APA7)

Entry in a reference work

Treat an entry in a reference work like a chapter in an edited work.

In-text reference

(Siegel, 2003)

Reference list

Author, A. A. (2020). Title of entry. In E. E. Editor (Ed.), Title of reference work (pp. 45-50). Publisher Name. https://xxxx

Siegel, H. (2003). Philosophy of education. In T. Pappas (Ed.), Encyclopaedia Britannica.
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