Guide: How to cite a Encyclopedia article in AAA style

Guide: How to cite a Encyclopedia article in AAA style

Cite A Encyclopedia article in AAA style

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Use the following template to cite a encyclopedia article using the AAA citation style. For help with other source types, like books, PDFs, or websites, check out our other guides. To have your reference list or bibliography automatically made for you, try our free citation generator.


Pink text = information that you will need to find from the source.
Black text = text required by the AAA style.

Reference list

Place this part in your bibliography or reference list at the end of your assignment.


Author Surname, Author Forename Year PublishedTitle. Publication Title. City: Publisher.



In-text citation

Place this part right after the quote or reference to the source in your assignment.


(Author Surname Year Published)


Adler, Richard, Ph.D. "Virus types." Salem Press Encyclopedia Of Health (2011): Research Starters, EBSCOhost (accessed September 19, 2014).

Viruses are intracellular, parasitic, pathogenic organisms that consist of either deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) or ribonucleic acid (RNA), either of which can be single-stranded or double-stranded depending on the virus type. Both types are surrounded by a protein coat called the capsid; the combination of genome and capsid is referred to as the nucleocapsid. Some viruses also have an outer envelope with embedded spikes acquired by budding through a cellular membrane. (2014)

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