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How to Cite Mosby's Medical Dictionary

Updated July 19, 2017

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.

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

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

  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. 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. 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. 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.

  7. Tip

    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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About the Author

Diane Ursu has an associate's degree in diagnostic medical sonography and worked as a sonographer for five years. She is also a mountain biking advocate and has sat on the board of directors for multiple non-profit organizations.

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