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Bibliography Dictionary Entry

Dictionary – Definitions in print, on a website, or on an online database.

Citing a dictionary entry from a website


Author Last, First M. “Entry Name.” Def.Number.Website Title. Ed. First M. Last. Comp. First M. Last. Trans. First M. Last. Publisher/Sponsor, Date Month Year Published. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.

Contributor Note: Not all types of contributors will be relevant to each entry.

Date Note: The date of publication may not be available. If there is no date of publication, put (n.d.) in place of the date.



“Food baby.” Def.1. OxfordDictionaries.com. Oxford Dictionaries, Aug. 2013. Web. 24 Sept. 2011.

Title: Jejunum.
Capitalize only the first word of the title and subtitle and all proper nouns or names. End with a period.

Year of Publication: (2003).
In parentheses, list the year of publication, which appears on the title page or the title page verso (back side of title page). Follow the parentheses with a period. 

Title & subtitle of the book: In Merriam-Webster's dictionary
Put the word "In" followed by the title. If there is a subtitle, separate it from the title by a colon. Capitalize only the first word of the title and subtitle and all proper nouns or names.  Italicize the title but do not end with a period as the dictionary has an edition.

Edition of book: (11th ed.).
Place the edition number in parentheses after the book title. Follow by ed. and a period outside the parentheses.

Place of publication: Springfield, MA:
List the city and state of the publisher's location. Use the standard postal abbreviations for states.  For publishers outside the United States list the city and country. Separate place from publisher with a colon.  If more than one city is given, use the first city listed or, if specified, the name of the publisher's home office.  Separate from publisher with a colon. 

Publisher: Merriam-Webster.
Shorten publisher's name to most concise form.  End the citation with a period. 

When using it in your paper, you would include the word and the year as well as the page number if you were quoting it in parentheses at the end of the sentence (Jejunum, 2003) OR if quoting it, (Jejunum, 2003, p. 671) finishing the sentence with a period.

NOTE:  For more information about book citations, see page 203 of the APA Manual, 6th ed. For title format or publication information, see page 205 in the APA Manual, 6th ed.

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