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Referencing Style Guide: Entry in an online reference work

This guide explains how to reference according to the APA 6th Edition.

Reference Basics

Surname, A. B. (Year). Chapter. In Reference work title. Retrieval details.

Entry in an Online Reference Work - Reference List

Ross, A. I. (2012). Nourishment and healing. In The Anthropology of alternative medicine. Retrieved from

No author or editor

Entry title. (Year). In Reference work title. Retrieval details.

Systematic. (2016). In Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary. Retrieved from

Note: If the reference work is from a subscribed database (where you need to login) use the database provider’s homepage. If the work is from the Internet, use the full URL.

Entry in an Online Reference Work - In-Text Citation

According to Ross (2012), research has proven that traditional cuisines usually have a good balance of nutrients and calories as they rely on what is available in the immediate environment.

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“Cross-cultural research has shown that traditional cuisines (foodways) take ample advantage of what is edible in the local environment and tend to be rich and fairly balanced in necessary nutrients and calories” (Ross, 2012, para. 9).

Note: Where no page numbers are given, use a paragraph number, e.g.(para. 5). If no paragraphs are visible and there is a section heading, use that instead e.g. (Jones, 2015, Chapter 3).