How to Cite an Online Encyclopedia in MLA Format

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When citing an online encyclopedia in Modern Language Association format, include identifying information including the entry name, name of the encyclopedia, publisher, publication year, medium and date accessed.

Works Cited Citation

For an online encyclopedia reference on the Works Cited page, include the entry name in quotations, encyclopedia name in italics, publisher, publishing year, medium and date accessed in the following format:

"Maple." Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc., 2014. Web. 09 Oct. 2014.

Note that all lines after the first should be indented.

In-Text Citation

When citing an online encyclopedia in-text, include the entry name and encyclopedia title in parentheses at the end of the sentence before the period. Your citation should look like the following:

Maple is the term used to refer to any of a large genus of shrubs or trees in the family Sapindaceae ("Maple," Encyclopaedia Britannica Online).


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Based in Gatineau, Canada, Kat Walcott has been writing entertainment and informative articles since 2008. Her work has appeared in major publications including Her Campus, Equals6 and Uppercase. She holds an honors diploma in social science from Heritage College and is currently majoring in communication studies and minoring in sexuality studies.

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