In a scholarly article in English, if you quote from a dictionary dictionary, your reference will typically say

(name of dictionary), s.v. "(word whose meaning was given)."

How should I do that in Spanish? Should I also use "s.v." -- the same as in English?

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You can use the same form "s.v.'" or "s/v". For example:

Más información en Wikipedia s/v Arte

I got that example from the sub voce entry in wikipedia, where they explain

Sub voce (plural sub vocibus) es una locución latina que significa literalmente «bajo la voz» o «bajo la palabra». En español y otras lenguas se utiliza generalmente abreviado como s. v. o s/v para indicar que determinada información aparece como entrada en una obra de referencia que se organice de este modo, como un diccionario o una enciclopedia.

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    You may also quote the page Abreviaturas from the RAE. In there, they accept both s. v. and s/v. Note though the space between s. and v..
    – fedorqui
    Mar 14, 2017 at 10:49

I've personally never seen such thing (or have never noticed). The thing is, I don't think it is a matter of the language, but a matter of the quotation system you are using for your essay/text/work, i.e. APA, MLA, etc.

Each of these will tell you how to do it according to their rules. Of course, be consistent through your whole text ;)

  • I didn't realize there's an APA or MLA for Spanish. Can you point me to some easy to use style guides? Mar 14, 2017 at 12:17
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    You can just google "resumen MLA", "resumen APA", etc. Of course, choose trustworthy sources (university domains, etc.) For example, this: eticaacademica.unam.mx/MLA_Resumen.pdf
    – Paco
    Mar 14, 2017 at 15:41

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