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Citation Help for APA, 6th Edition: Dictionary

Help with common issues and questions with APA 6th ed. Citation Style.


Gibbs, J. T., & Huang, L. N. (Eds.). (2007). Children of color: Psychological interventions with minority youth. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Place the word Eds. followed by a period in parentheses also followed by a period after the editors' names.

Only One Editor?
Instead of Eds., use Ed. follow-up with a period, place in parentheses, and end with a period after the editor's name.

Avery, E. F. (Ed.). (2003). Assessing student outcomes for information literacy instruction. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

More information: See p. 184 in the APA Manual 6th Edition for further explanation.


Jejunum. (2003). In Merriam-Webster's dictionary (11th ed.). Springfield, MA:



Title: Jejunum.
Capitalize only the first word of the title and subtitle and all proper nouns or names. End with a period.

Year of Publication: (2003).
In parentheses, list the year of publication, which appears on the title page or the title page verso (back side of title page). Follow the parentheses with a period. 

Title & subtitle of the book: In Merriam-Webster's dictionary
Put the word "In" followed by the title. If there is a subtitle, separate it from the title by a colon. Capitalize only the first word of the title and subtitle and all proper nouns or names.  Italicize the title but do not end with a period as the dictionary has an edition.

Edition of book: (11th ed.).
Place the edition number in parentheses after the book title. Follow by ed. and a period outside the parentheses.

Place of publication: Springfield, MA:
List the city and state of the publisher's location. Use the standard postal abbreviations for states.  For publishers outside the United States list the city and country. Separate place from publisher with a colon.  If more than one city is given, use the first city listed or, if specified, the name of the publisher's home office.  Separate from publisher with a colon. 

Publisher: Merriam-Webster.
Shorten publisher's name to most concise form.  End the citation with a period. 

When using it in your paper, you would include the word and the year as well as the page number if you were quoting it in parentheses at the end of the sentence (Jejunum, 2003) OR if quoting it, (Jejunum, 2003, p. 671) finishing the sentence with a period.

NOTE:  For more information about book citations, see page 203 of the APA Manual, 6th ed. For title format or publication information, see page 205 in the APA Manual, 6th ed.