Q. How do I cite something from a dictionary or online encyclopedia like Wikipedia?


If you are using an online bibliographic referencing tool, then select to create a reference of type "Dictionary" or "Encyclopedia" -- and put in the link.

In your Works Cited or Bibliography, the Wikipedia entry should look like this in the alphabetical listing -- in MLA style:

“Butterfly Effect.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 16 Jan. 2017, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_effect. Accessed 17 Jan. 2017.

And in the body of your paper, this information source can be referenced using an in-text citation like this -- in MLA style:


“In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.” ("Butterfly Effect").

  • Last Updated Mar 13, 2017
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