how to cite a phd dissertation
Njus, Jesse. Performing the Passion: A Study on the Nature of Medieval Acting. 2010. Northwestern U, PhD dissertation.
A dissertation is a unique type of source. It is a finished, stand-alone work written under the auspices of an institution. In a change from the previous edition of the MLA Handbook, we do not distinguish between published and unpublished dissertations. To cite a dissertation, include in the entry the author, title, and date of publication as core elements. As an optional element, list the institution granting the degree and a description of the work.
If retrieved from a commercial database, provide the database name and publication number:
Electronic theses and dissertations:
A.A. Surname, Ph.D. thesis, Place of Publication, year of publication
T.E. Freeman, Ph.D. thesis, Monash University, 1973
N: 1. Lindsey Bingley, “From Overalls to Aprons? The Paid and Unpaid Labour of Southern Alberta Women, 1939-1959” (master’s thesis, University of Lethbridge, 2006), 58.
Example 2 – Online (Commercial Database)
Author, A. A. Year. “Title of Thesis: Subtitle.” Database Name (Identifier if given), Internet address.
Which bibliography style do you use? In biblatex @phdthesis is an alias for @thesis with field type= by default. See biblatex manual: “@phdthesis: Similar to @thesis except that the type field is optional and defaults to the localised term ‘PhD thesis’. You may still use the type field to override that.”
I have the following entry. But when I cite it in my paper, I keep getting “Unpublished doctoral dissertation” showing up in the entry. As far as I can tell there’s no field to specify publishing information, so how do I get rid of this message?
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My question is how to create an entry for a Dissertation. I have tried Miscellaneous, but this does not provide a bibliographic entry in APA 6th Edition format. (A bibliographic entry prints, but it is not correct even though APA 6th Edition is selected.).