Onclick function is returning reference error

This seems like it should be basic, but I can’t figure out why it’s happening. I’m getting an uncaught reference error trying to use a javascript function in html.

I’ve created a button that will generate a new quote, using a randomQuote function I created (codepen for in context: https://codepen.io/cpmcclure/pen/MWvKaVp):

note: I couldn’t figure out how to add jquery into this example, but it is included in the codepen

// create array for quotes
let quoteList = [];

// retrieve quotes and assign them to quoteList array
const settings = {
  "async": false,
  "crossDomain": true,
  "url": "https://type.fit/api/quotes",
  "method": "GET"

$.ajax(settings).done(function (response) {
  const data = JSON.parse(response);
  quoteList = data;

// create display quote variable
let displayQuote = {};

// function to assign random quote to displayQuote on a click event
function randomQuote() {
   displayQuote = quoteList[Math.round(Math.random() * 1643)];
<button id="new-quote" onclick="randomQuote()">New Quote</button>

I’ve looked at other pens that use this same syntax to access a js function in the html, any idea what I’m doing wrong?

I know I’m getting the quotes in properly, and if I call randomQuote in the JavaScript, it does what it’s supposed to do, it seems I’m having an issue getting the html and js to communicate.


This is probably because you are using jquery for ajax and you haven’t added the library in your code.

  "message": "Uncaught ReferenceError: $ is not defined",
  "filename": "https://stacksnippets.net/js",
  "lineno": 23,
  "colno": 1