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APA 6th Edition

Most dictionary entries don't have specific authors associated with the entry, so the example below shows how to reference an online dictionary without a stated author or publication date:

Emotional intelligence. (n.d.). In Oxford English dictionary. Retrieved from http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/258346?redirectedFrom=emotional+intelligence#eid

  • In-text citation: ("Emotional intelligence", n.d., para. 2)

If the dictionary entry does have a specific author and/or a year of publication, use the following format:

Lastname, A. (year). Title of entry. In Title of dictionary. Retrieved from URL

  • In-text citation: (Lastname, year, para. X)

If the dictionary is a specific edition, add that information to the reference after the title of the dictionary:

Lastname, A. (year). Title of entry. In Title of dictionary (Xth ed.). Retrieved from URL

  • In-text citation: (Lastname, year, para. X)

APA 7th Edition

Online dictionary without a publication date:

Oxford University Press. (n.d.) Emotional Intelligence. Oxford English dictionary. Retrieved November 25, 2019, from http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/258346?redirectedFrom=emotional+intelligence#eid

  • In-text citation: (Oxford University Press, n.d., para. 2)

Online dictionary without a stated author or date:

Emotional intelligence. (n.d.). In Oxford English dictionary. Retrieved November 25, 2019, from http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/258346?redirectedFrom=emotional+intelligence#eid

  • In-text citation: ("Emotional intelligence", n.d., para. 2)

If the dictionary entry does have a year of publication, use the following format:

Lastname, A. (year). Title of entry. Title of dictionary. Retrieved Month day, year, from URL.

  • In-text citation: (Lastname, year, para. X)

If the dictionary is a specific edition, add that information to the reference after the title of the dictionary:

Lastname, A. (year). Title of entry. Title of dictionary (Xth ed.). Retrieved Month day, year, from URL

  • In-text citation:  (Lastname, year, para. X)