Citing An Online Encyclopedia Mla Style Bibliography

Access Date

For all content found on the Web, you must list the date you first viewed the resource. This comes last in a citation with the word "Accessed" before the date. The date is given as Day Month Year and the month is abbreviated (e.g. Oct. instead of October)

Authors/Editors

An author can be a person but can also be an organization, or company. These are called group or corporate authors.

If you are citing a chapter from a book that has an editor, the author of the chapter is listed first, and is the name listed in the in-text citation.

Dates

The format of all dates is: Date Month (shortened) Year. E.g. 5 Sept. 2012.

Page Numbers

If there is more than one page put "pp." before the page numbers. If there is only one page put "p." before the page number.

If no page numbers are provided leave them out of the citation.

Place of Publication

List the city the book was publsihed. If more than one city is listed, use the first.

Titles

Capitalize the first letter of every important word in the title. You do not need to capitalize words such as: in, of, or an.

If there is a colon (:) in the title, include what comes after the colon (also known as the subtitle).

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In-Text Citation - No Author

If a dictionary or encyclopedia entry has no author, the in-text citation should include the first word or words in the title of the entry. The title of the entry should be in quotation marks, with each word starting with a capital letter.

Include the page number where the quote or paraphrased section appears if page numbers are provided.

Examples:

("Cat Care")

("Tattooing" 54)

Encyclopedia – A book or a series of books used for reference on a range of materials or numerous information typically around one subject.


 

Encyclopedia in Print

Structure:

Last, First M. “Article Title.” Encyclopedia Name. City: Publisher, Year Published. Page(s). Print.

Note: Well-known publications only require edition and year, and no other publication information.

Example:

McGhee, Karen, and George McKay. “Old World Monkeys.” Encyclopedia of Animals. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2007. 30. Print.


Encyclopedia found online

Structure:

Last, First M. “Article Title.” Encyclopedia Name. City: Publisher, Year Published. Page(s).Website Title. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.

Note: When citing sources reproduced online from their print versions, it is not necessary to include online information such as the website publisher or the date of the electronic publication. The date of the online publication was not available and was not included in the citation.

Example:

McGhee, Karen, and George McKay. “Old World Monkeys.” Encyclopedia of Animals. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2007. 170-71. Google Books. Web. 2 July 2010.


Encyclopedia article found in a database

Structure:

Last, First M. “Article Title.”Encyclopedia Name. Ed. First M. Last. Vol. City: Publisher, Year Published. Page(s). Database Name. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.

Date accessed: This is the date you accessed the source.

Note: If no edition or volume number is given, leave it out.

 

Example:

Holmes, Heather. “Advertising of Food.”Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. Ed. Soloman H. Katz.Vol. 1. New York: Scriber’s, 2003. 16-20. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 2 July 2010.


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