Mla Online Dictionary Citation Example Essay

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


Citing a dictionary entry from a website

Structure:

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.

 

Example:

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


If you are creating an in-text citation for a dictionary entry, you would follow APA's standard in-text citation guidelines of including the first part of the reference and the year. For example, your in-text citations might look like this: (Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary, 1999) or (Onomatopoeia, n.d.). These in-text citations would then align with your reference list citations. 

If you are citing a full dictionary in your reference list, you would place the title of the dictionary in the position where the author’s name would normally go, so it would look like this:

Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary (10th ed.). (1999). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster Incorporated.

If you are citing a single entry in an online dictionary, you will need to include the word that you looked up first, so it would look something like this:

Onomatopoeia. (n.d.) In Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary. Retrieved from http://www.merriam-
    webster.com/dictionary/onomatopoeia

 

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