Sample Citations Citing a Print Dictionary in MLA Format Citing an Online Dictionary in MLA Format Citing a Print Dictionary in APA Format Citing an Online Dictionary in APA Format Citing a Print Dictionary in Chicago Style Citing an Online Dictionary in Chicago Style Community Q&A When a specific definition has been used in an essay, you will need to cite the dictionary in your “Works Cited” or “References” page.
Each style guide has its own citation standards, and these standards vary depending on whether the dictionary is a print source or an online source.
←Back to MLA Citation Guide The most basic entry for an encyclopedia/dictionary consists of the author name(s), article title, encyclopedia/dictionary name, year published, and medium.
Separate author names by a comma, and place the word “and” before the last author’s name.
Only the first author’s name should be reversed, while the others are written in normal order.
For a page with two or more authors, list them in order as they appear in the encyclopedia/dictionary. If an edition is stated, cite it after the encyclopedia/dictionary name, followed by the abbreviation “ed.” Conclude the citation with the year of publication and a period.
Titles and affiliations associated with the author should generally be omitted. should appear after the author’s given name, preceded by a comma. After the article title, include the encyclopedia/dictionary name and italicize it, followed by a period.
The accessed date should follow the medium (and be formatted using the international format of “day month year” as specified above), along with a period.