Guide: How to cite a Dictionary entry in APA style

Guide: How to cite a Dictionary entry in APA style

Cite A Dictionary entry in APA style

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Use the following template to cite a dictionary entry using the APA 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 APA style.

Reference list

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


Author Surname, Author Initial. (Year Published). Title. Publication Title. City: Publisher. Retrieved from http://Website-Url


Moss, J., & Wilson, G. (1997). Title: Overview: The Scarlet Letter. Retrieved 29 April 2015, from

In-text citation

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


(Author Surname, Year Published)


Enduring public scorn, Hester becomes the only “sinner” in the book who manages to remain unrepentant; she retains her dignity despite the public punishment designed to shame her. Unlike the guilt-ridden Dimmesdale, she remains calm about having bucked the rules of society, a fact that may reflect a belief on Hawthorne's part that women, contrary to sexist stereotypes, were more prone than men to rebel against the conventions of society. Such stereotypes may explain the ironic fact that the Puritan community ultimately fails to recognize her unrepentant attitude; they, not Hester, eventually begin ascribing new meanings like “Able” to the scarlet badge that was meant to brand Hester as an adulteress. (Moss & Wilson, 1997)

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