How to Cite Mosby's Medical Dictionary

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Mosby's Medical Dictionary is an incredibly useful tool for those entering into the health professions. For many, learning medical terminology is like learning a foreign language, and a good medical dictionary is necessary. Students may refer to Mosby's as a tool for completing a term paper. Doctors may use Mosby's when submitting an article to a medical or other scientific journal. When using Mosby's as a reference, a proper citation must be included with these literary pieces. American Psychological Association (APA) is the most commonly used method of citation.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Look for the publisher and printing information within the first few pages of the book.

  2. 2

    Take note of the author (if applicable), edition number, year published and publisher location.

  3. 3

    Understand the layout of citation. The APA citation would be: Author. Published work (Edition). (Year). Publisher location: Publisher. Mosby's Medical Dictionary does not have a specified author, so the author would be omitted from the rest of the citation.

  4. 4

    Write the title of the dictionary followed by the edition, abbreviated and in parentheses, and a period: Mosby's medical dictionary (7th ed.). Note that only the first word and names in the title are capitalised using APA citation.

  5. 5

    Write the publication year of the particular dictionary you are using in parentheses. For example, the seventh edition was published in 2005 and would be written as such: Mosby's Medical Dictionary (7th ed.). (2005).

  6. 6

    Write the location of the publisher followed by a colon and the publisher's name: Mosby's Medical Dictionary (7th ed.). (2005). St. Louis, MO: Mosby.

Tips and warnings

  • Confirm the correct author, edition and publishing information as listed within the first few pages of the book.
  • Note that the citation example in step 6 may not be correct for the edition you are using.

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