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Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.)

Lesser-Known Dictionary or Encyclopedia

(Chicago Manual of Style 14.232)



Title, compiler or editor (Place of publication: Publisher, Date of publication), s.v. "entry title."

Full Example

1. Encyclopedic Dictionary of Archaeology, comp. Barbara Ann Kipfer (New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2000), s.vv. “graphite painting.”

Abbreviated Example

2. Kipfer, Encyclopedic Dictionary of Archaeology, s.vv. “graphite painting”



Compiler or Editor. Title. Place of publication: Publisher, Date of publication.


Kipfer, Barbara Ann. Encyclopedic Dictionary of Archaeology. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2000.

Helpful Hints

Well-known major reference books are normally only cited in the notes…However, some reference works should list publication details.

Any edition other than the first must be specified.

Include _ ed. _ vols. after title if needed.

In a work that is arranged alphabetically by entry include s.v. or s.vv. (plural) followed by the names of the entry/entries instead of the page number.

Lesser-Known Dictionary or Encyclopedia (Example)

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