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APA Formatting and Style (7th ed.) for Student Papers

NAU Guide to APA

Reference Page Examples - Dissertations or Theses

Note:
  •  A dissertation or thesis is considered published when it is available from a database such as ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global.
  • If the database or archive requires users to log in before they can view the dissertation or thesis, meaning the URL will not work for readers, end the reference with the database name.
Pattern:
Author, A. A. (year). Title of dissertation (Publication No. xxxxxxxxx). [Doctoral dissertation or Masters thesis, Name of
institution that awarded the degree]. Name of Source i.e. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global. URL for
the dissertation or thesis.
Example:
D'Arcangelis, G. S. (2009). The bio scare: Anthrax, smallpox, SARS, flu and post-9/11 U.S. empire (Order No.
           3388146). [Doctoral dissertation, University of California Los Angeles]. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
           Global. 

*** Remember: Each source listed on the reference page must correspond to at least one in-text citation in the body of the paper; each in-text citation must correspond to a source listed on the reference page.

 

Note:
  • When a dissertation or thesis is unpublished, include the description “[Unpublished doctoral dissertation]” or “[Unpublished master’s thesis]” in square brackets after the dissertation or thesis title.
  • In the source element of the reference, provide the name of the institution that awarded the degree.
Pattern:
Author, A. A. (year). Title of dissertation [Unpublished doctoral dissertation or Unpublished
masters thesis], Name of institution that awarded the degree. 
Example:
Johnson, B. (2005). Balanced scorecard applications [Unpublished master's thesis]. Worthington University.
*** Remember: Each source listed on the reference page must correspond to at least one in-text citation in the body of the paper; each in-text citation must correspond to a source listed on the reference page.

 

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