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Reference list

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Author Surname, Author Forename (if available). "Title." Encyclopedia Title, edited by Editor Forename Surname, edition and/or volume, Publisher, Year Published, Pages Used.


"British Empire." The Columbia Encyclopedia, edited by Paul Lagasse, 6th ed., Columbia UP, 2000, p.57.

In-text citation

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(Author Surname or "Article Title")


"The establishment of the empire resulted primarily from commercial and political motives and emigration movements," ("British Empire").

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