APA Referencing

Encyclopaedia entry

The following example applies only where each entry in an encyclopaedia has an identified author. Otherwise, simply reference the encyclopaedia itself as a book and insert a page reference in the citation in your text.


Author(s) of the individual entry (Year). Title of entry. In Editor(s) of the encyclopaedia. Title of encyclopaedia. Page reference for individual entry. Publisher.

Reference list:

Osborn, F.J. (1976). Industrial housing estates. In A. Whittick (Ed.), Encyclopedia of urban planning (pp. 29-31). McGraw-Hill.

Example of entry in multi-volume encyclopedia:

Hepburn, J. M. (2010). Jealousy. In I. B. Weiner & W. B. Craighead (Eds.), The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology (Vol. 2, p.883). Wiley.

The citation in your text will be:

(Osborn, 1976)

or, if you have quoted directly,

(Osborn, 1976, p. 29).

If you have used the author(s) name(s) in your sentence then only the year of publication, with a page reference if necessary, is placed after it in brackets, eg.

Osborn (1976) suggests that ...

or, if you have quoted directly,

Osborn (1976, p. 29) states that ...