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How to Cite Encyclopedias (MLA Style)

Type

Format

Example

Book Format With

Author/Editor

Two Authors: If three or more authors, provide first author only and follow with a comma and et. al.

Author/Editor. “Title of Article or

 

       Entry.”  Encyclopedia Title.

 

       Edition. Year. Print.

 

      

    

Seiber, Roy.  “Visual Arts of

 

       Black Africa.”  Encyclopedia

 

       Americana. 11th ed. 2002.

 

       Print.

 

 

Book Format With

No Author/Editor

 

 “Title of Article or Entry.”

        Encyclopedia Title. Edition.

        Year. Print.

 

      

 

“Visual Arts of Black Africa.”

       Encyclopedia Americana

       11th ed. 2002. Print.

Online Encyclopedia from a Database   Author/Editor.  “Title of Article or

       Entry.”  Encyclopedia Title.  Year.

       Name of Database. Web. Date of

       Access.   

Hooker, Robert.  “Early

       Japanese Visual Arts.”

       Encyclopedia Britannica

       2008. Encyclopedia

       Britannica.  Web

       1 Dec. 2008.

 

Online Encyclopedia from the Internet

Author/Editor. “Title of Article or

       Entry.”  Name of Encyclopedia.

       Publisher or Sponsor of the site.

       Year. Web. Date of Access.

 

      

Smith, John. “Western

       Painting.”  Encyclopedia

       Britannica Online. Encyclopedia

       Britannica. 2008. Web. 1 Dec.

       2008.

                                                     Works Cited

          Hooker, Robert. “Early Japanese Visual Arts.”  Encyclopedia Britannica

                 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica. Web. 1 Dec. 2008. 

         Seiber, Roy.  “Visual Arts of Africa.” Encyclopedia Americana. 11th ed. 

                 2002. Print. 

          Smith, John.  “Western Painting.” Encyclopedia Britannica Online. 2008. 

                 Web. 1 Dec. 2008.  

          “Visual Arts of Africa.” Encyclopedia Americana. 11th ed. 2002. Print.

 General Information:

  • Please note that the list is alphabetized by the first word of the citation.
  • Double space all of the citations on your reference page.
  • Indent the second & following lines of the citation 5-7 spaces.
  • For 3 or more authors: Provide only the first author followed by a comma and et. al.
  • All words of the title of the article are capitalized.
  • Italicize the title of the encyclopedia. 

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