How to Cite a Word From a Glossary in APA

Jupiterimages/ Images

If you need to define a word in your paper, the definition usually comes from a glossary in the back of a book. To properly attribute this definition you will need to cite it according to the American Psychological Association (APA) style guidelines.

In-text Citation

Cite glossary terms in the in-text citation with the author and copyright date in parentheses. If the glossary is written by an organization instead of an author, include the organization's name. For example:

According to The Seagull Reader, alliteration is the "repetition of words with the same consonants within a line of poetry" (Kelly, 2001).

Works Cited

The works cited entry of a glossary term should include the title of the entry, capitalizing the first word of the title, subtitle and all proper nouns or names. End this title with a period. Next, add the year of publication in parentheses, ending with a period. Then include the word "In," followed by the title of the book italicized, the edition number in parentheses followed by a period, then place of publication followed by a colon, then the publisher. For example: Kelly, Joseph. (2001). Alliteration. In The Seagull Reader: Poems. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Note that "The Seagull Reader: Poems" should be italicized.

Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Gale Marie Thompson's work has been published in "Denver Quarterly," "Los Angeles Review" and "Best New Poets 2012." Thompson holds a BA in English and creative writing from the College of Charleston, a MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is working on a PhD at the University of Georgia.