There is a reason why pretty much every library has a set of encyclopedias. They truly contain a wealth of information. If you need background information on a topic, or need to find out who the major theorists are in a field, you can find that information in encyclopedias.
Note: While encyclopedias are reviewed and edited before being published, they are not peer reviewed and should rarely be cited in scholarly writing.
Since all of the encyclopedias in the Walden Library are digital, the entries may look slightly different than you're used to. Here is an example of what an encyclopedia entry may look like:
Reference citations for encyclopedia entries follow the same general format as book chapter reference citations. Some clues that you've found an encyclopedia entry include:
In APA 6th, an encyclopedia reference citation follows this general format:
Entry Author (if different than the editor of the encyclopedia). (Year). Entry title. In Editor(s) (Ed.), Encyclopedia title (Volume, page numbers). Publication location: Publisher.
Here is an example:
Heyman, J. (2006). Social change. In H. J. Birx (Ed.), Encyclopedia of anthropology (Vol. 5, pp. 2095-2096). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications Ltd.
Note: Not all encyclopedia entry reference citations will follow this format exactly. If you have questions about citing an encyclopedia using APA 6th style, please contact the Writing Center.