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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)

For more information, please refer to pages 204 and 205 in the APA Style manual.

Reference

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. 

APA 7th Edition

Online dictionary without a publication date:

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

  • "When a stable or archived version of the work is cited . . . a retrieval date is not necessary" (American Psychological Association, 2020, p. 324).
  • 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 https://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)

Reference

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000