The APA citation refers to the rules, guidelines and conventions developed by the American Psychological Association (APA) for the proper documentation and citation of sources and references used in writing research papers. APA encyclopedia citations are particularly used for citing encyclopedias, both print and online, and just as any other type of reference they require proper APA citation formats for both in-text citations and the APA works cited page.
APA encyclopedia citations typically include information such as the name of the author of encyclopedia article (if available), the name of the editor of the encyclopedia (if provided), the title of the encyclopedia article, the year the article was published, and, if you are citing a specific entry, the encyclopedia’s volume number. If you are citing the entire encyclopedia, you need to use the total number of volumes for the volume number. Other relevant details are also included in APA encyclopedia citations, such as the encyclopedia edition, the pages referred to, and other publication specifics.
Below is a list of common APA encyclopedia citation examples:
Frohberg, R. P. (1997). Relativity. In The new encyclopedia Britannica (Vol. 27, pp. 621-648). Chicago, IL: Encyclopedia Britannica.
Gibson, S., & Trammell, C. (Eds.). (2002). The new Grove dictionary of art and architecture (4th ed., Vols. 1-29). New York, NY: Grove.
Smith, J. (2004). Gandhi. In Encyclopedia of science and religion (Vol. 2, pp. 399-435). Cincinnati: Babson Press.
The examples of the APA encyclopedia citations as listed above abide by the rules as prescribed by the latest editions of the APA Publication Manual, and include many of the most common types of sources used in research writing. However, should you require any further assistance in formatting your APA encyclopedia citations and references, you are welcome to use our works cited generator. When using our utility make sure that all required data is entered correctly in order for our program to generate your APA citations accurately.