Q. How do you cite definitions from the dictionary?

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Here are some examples of dictionary citations.

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Examples for the word speculate:

Internet Dictionary:

Speculate. (2019). In Merriam-Webster. Retrieved from https://www.merriam-webster.com/

In-text: (“Speculate”, 2019).

If no date is listed, use n.d., which stands for no date.

Internet Dictionary:

Speculate. (n.d.). In Merriam-Webster. Retrieved from https://www.merriam-webster.com/

 

Print Dictionary:

Speculate. (2014). In M. Agnes (Ed.)., Webster’s new world college dictionary (5th ed., p. 1377). New York, NY: Macmillan.

In-text: (“Speculate”, 2014).

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Comments (2)

  1. What if no year is listed?
    by Trudy on May 31, 2019.
  2. Good point, and the answer has been updated.
    If no date is listed, use n.d.
    by ASK US Librarian on Jun 03, 2019.

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