how to cite a graduate thesis
Last name, First Name. Title. Diss. Name of University, Year Published. Web. Date accessed.
Unpublished dissertation or thesis references are covered in Section 10.6 of the APA Publication Manual, Seventh Edition
- Parenthetical citation: (Harris, 2014)
- Narrative citation: Harris (2014)
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 In a change from the previous edition of the MLA Handbook, we do not distinguish between published and unpublished dissertations.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.
Njus, Jesse. Performing the Passion: A Study on the Nature of Medieval Acting. 2010. Northwestern U, PhD dissertation.
Citation analysis of 265 Workforce Education and Development (WED) dissertations, theses, and graduate research papers at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) was used to (1) determine core serials in the discipline, (2) provide Morris Library with a guide to serials acquisition and maintenance in the discipline, and (3) provide future WED students with a core list of WED journals. This study has applicability as a specific instance of applied citation analysis as well as for academic librarians faced with acquiring and maintaining serials in WED.
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Author, A. A. Year. Title of Thesis: Subtitle. Place of publication: Publisher.
General guidance on dissertations and theses is available from the Cornell University Graduate School. For more detailed guidance, see section 2, Writing Your Thesis/Dissertation.
Note that in the Bibliography (or References or Works Cited) section of the Required Sections, Guidelines, and Suggestions page in section 2, the following advice is offered: