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Should I cite each entry from an encyclopedia separately?

You should provide citations for each encyclopedia entry that you use in your essay. A good example is Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia. You would cite each article from Wikipedia separately, even though they come from the same source. A sentence in your essay might read as follows:

According to Wikipedia, an encyclopedia “is a reference work or compendium providing summaries of knowledge from either all branches or from a particular field or discipline” (“Encyclopedia”).

Work Cited
“Encyclopedia.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 3 Dec. 2018,

Published 4 June 2019

How do I cite an entry in a reference work?

Cite an entry in a reference work the way you would cite any source: follow the MLA format template. If the entry is signed, begin with the author’s name. If it is unsigned, begin by listing the entry as the title:

Botterill, Steven N. “Angela Da Foligno, Saint.” Medieval Italy: An Encyclopedia, edited by Christopher Kleinhenz et al., vol. 1, Routledge, 2004, pp. 35-36. Google Books,
“Pendragon.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, 15 Dec. 2016, Wikimedia Foundation,

Even if the entries are in alphabetical order, provide the page numbers if you are citing a print work:

“Patanjali.” Benét’s Reader’s Encyclopedia, . . .

Published 24 January 2018

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