The UVic Writer's Guide

An Encyclopedia Or Dictionary

Encyclopedia articles and dictionary entries are recorded as if they were sections of a book, but there is no need to record the editor or compiler. If the article is signed, the author's name comes first, otherwise the title is first. If the entries are arranged alphabetically, you may omit volume and page numbers. When citing familiar reference books, especially those that frequently appear in new editions, there is no need to give full publication information: list only the edition and the year of publication.

Chiappini, Luciano. "Este, House of." Encyclopedia Britannica: Macropedia. 1974 ed.

"Quackery." Encyclopedia Britannica. 1972 ed.

"Graham, Martha." Who's Who of American Women. 14th ed. 1985-86.

When citing less familiar reference works, especially those that have appeared in only one edition, give full publication information.

Brakeley, Theresa C. "Mourning Songs." Funk and Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology, and Legend. Ed. Maria Leach and Jerome Fried. 2 vols. New York: Crowell, 1950.

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