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MLA Citation Style Guide (8th Edition): Encyclopedias

Citing Encyclopedias

The examples provided below aim to illustrate only basic principles of citing encyclopedia sources using MLA citation style. Please refer to the MLA Handbook, 8th edition for more details.

Article in General Encyclopedia

Put title of entry where author would have been

"France." The Encyclopedia Americana. 2004 ed.

Article in Subject-Specific Encyclopedia

Rollins, C. D. "Certainty." Encyclopedia of Philosophy. New York: Macmillan, 2004.

Article from an online encyclopedia

McCay,, Mary A., and Celeste E Derouche. "Erdrich, Louise." American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present, edited by Taryn Benbow-Pfalzgraf, 2nd ed., vol. 2, St. James Press, 2000, pp. 25-26. Gale Virtual Reference Library, Accessed 26 Apr. 2017.