How to Cite a Dissertation

how to cite a dissertation

The most exciting and interesting part about writing a dissertation is, without a doubt, citing the sources you’ve used. If you’ve already started yawning, you know that it’s not true. It’s the most depressing and boring activity one can only think of but there is no way to escape it. Do you know why there are so many students wondering how to cite a dissertation? Because there are numerous citation styles with their specific guidelines one should follow. It’s easy to get lost and mess something up. Here’s your little cheat sheet to make this process less disorienting.

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APA citation format for a published dissertation:

Bradinova, Marietta. (2006). Exploring students’ and university teachers’ perceptions of plagiarism (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (Accession Order No. 3240167)

Navia, Gabriel Henrique Bianco. (2016). The medial caesura in Schubert’s sonata forms: Formal and rhetorical complications (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (Accession Order No. 10110994)

Stanley, Angelia Denise. (2004). Leadership styles and conflict management styles: An exploratory study (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (Accession Order No. 3140603)



APA citation format for a published MA thesis:

Davis, Gabrielle B. (2013). Topical adipose-derived stem cell therapy ameliorates radiation-induced delayed wound healing (Master’s thesis). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (Accession Order No. 1546713)

Bergh, Justin L. (2012). Too big not to fail: United States corporate media and the 2008 financial crisis (Master’s thesis). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (Accession Order No. 1509543)

Budrovich, Nicole Elyse. (2014). Receptions of Spectacle: Virgil’s “Aeneid” and Local Identity in Gallo-Roman Mosaics (Master’s thesis). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (Accession Order No. 1585050)



MLA citation format for a published dissertation:

Alameddine, Abir. Perceptions of executives from seven selected companies of the use of social media in marketing practices. Dissertation, Pepperdine University. Ann Arbor: ProQuest/UMI, 2013. (Publication No. 3592694.)

Navia, Gabriel Henrique Bianco. The medial caesura in Schubert’s sonata forms: Formal and rhetorical complications. Dissertation, the University of Arizona. Ann Arbor: ProQuest/UMI, 2016. (Publication No. 10110994.)

Stanley, Angelia Denise. Leadership styles and conflict management styles: An exploratory study. Dissertation, Regent University. Ann Arbor: ProQuest/UMI, 2004. (Publication No. 3140603.)



MLA citation format for a published MA thesis:

Davis, Gabrielle B. Topical adipose-derived stem cell therapy ameliorates radiation-induced delayed wound healing. Thesis, University of Southern California. Ann Arbor: ProQuest/UMI, 2013. (Publication No. 1546713.)

Bergh, Justin L. Too big not to fail: United States corporate media and the 2008 financial crisis. Thesis, University of Arkansas. Ann Arbor: ProQuest/UMI, 2012. (Publication No. 1509543.)

Budrovich, Nicole Elyse. Receptions of Spectacle: Virgil’s “Aeneid” and Local Identity in Gallo-Roman Mosaics. Thesis, University of California. Ann Arbor: ProQuest/UMI, 2014. (Publication No. 1585050.)



Chicago citation format for a published dissertation:

Alameddine, Abir. 2013. Perceptions of executives from seven selected companies of the use of social media in marketing practices. Ph.D. dissertation, Pepperdine University. Ann Arbor: ProQuest/UMI. (Publication No. 3592694.)

Navia, Gabriel Henrique Bianco. 2016. The medial caesura in Schubert’s sonata forms: Formal and rhetorical complications. Ph.D. dissertation, the University of Arizona. Ann Arbor: ProQuest/UMI. (Publication No. 10110994.)

Stanley, Angelia Denise. 2004. Leadership styles and conflict management styles: An exploratory study. Ph.D. dissertation, Regent University. Ann Arbor: ProQuest/UMI. (Publication No. 3140603.)



Chicago citation format for a published MA thesis:

Davis, Gabrielle B. 2013. Topical adipose-derived stem cell therapy ameliorates radiation-induced delayed wound healing. MA thesis, University of Southern California. Ann Arbor: ProQuest/UMI. (Publication No. 1546713.)

Bergh, Justin L. 2012. Too big not to fail: United States corporate media and the 2008 financial crisis. MA thesis, University of Arkansas. Ann Arbor: ProQuest/UMI. (Publication No. 1509543.)

Budrovich, Nicole Elyse. 2014. Receptions of Spectacle: Virgil’s “Aeneid” and Local Identity in Gallo-Roman Mosaics. MA thesis, University of California. Ann Arbor: ProQuest/UMI. (Publication No. 1585050.)



Harvard citation format for a published dissertation:

Alameddine, Abir, 2013. Perceptions of executives from seven selected companies of the use of social media in marketing practices. PhD. United States: Pepperdine University.

Navia, Gabriel Henrique Bianco, 2016. The medial caesura in Schubert’s sonata forms: Formal and rhetorical complications. Ph.D. United States: the University of Arizona.

Stanley, Angelia Denise, 2004. Leadership styles and conflict management styles: An exploratory study. Ph.D. United States: Regent University.



Harvard citation format for a published MA thesis:

Davis, Gabrielle B, 2013, ‘Topical adipose-derived stem cell therapy ameliorates radiation-induced delayed wound healing’, MA thesis, University of Southern California, United States.

Bergh, Justin L, 2012, ‘Too big not to fail: United States corporate media and the 2008 financial crisis’, MA thesis, University of Arkansas, United States.

Budrovich, Nicole Elyse, 2014, ‘Receptions of Spectacle: Virgil’s “Aeneid” and Local Identity in Gallo-Roman Mosaics’, MA thesis, University of California, United States.



AAA citation format for a published dissertation:

Alameddine, Abir

2013 Perceptions of executives from seven selected companies of the use of social media in marketing practices. PhD dissertation, Pepperdine University. (Publication nbr. 3592694.)

Navia, Gabriel Henrique Bianco

2016 The medial caesura in Schubert’s sonata forms: Formal and rhetorical complications. Ph.D. dissertation, the University of Arizona. (Publication nbr. 10110994.)

Stanley, Angelia Denise

2004 Leadership styles and conflict management styles: An exploratory study. Ph.D. dissertation, Regent University. (Publication nbr. 3140603.)



AAA citation format for a published MA thesis:

Davis, Gabrielle B.

2013 Topical adipose-derived stem cell therapy ameliorates radiation-induced delayed wound healing. MA thesis, University of Southern California. Ann Arbor: (Publication nbr. 1546713.)

Bergh, Justin L.

2012 Too big not to fail: United States corporate media and the 2008 financial crisis. MA thesis, University of Arkansas. Ann Arbor: (Publication nbr. 1509543.)

Budrovich, Nicole Elyse

2014 Receptions of Spectacle: Virgil’s “Aeneid” and Local Identity in Gallo-Roman Mosaics. MA thesis, University of California. Ann Arbor: (Publication nbr. 1585050.)

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How to Cite a Dissertation

3 thoughts on “How to Cite a Dissertation

  • March 9, 2017 at 9:00 am
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    And what about in-text citations? What is the best way to incorporate them?

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    • March 9, 2017 at 11:01 am
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      Hi and thanks for this question. The best way to insert an in-text citation is to use the name of the author and the year of publication in parenthesis. In case you are using the citation in context, put the year of publication in parenthesis after mentioning the author’s name.

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  • April 10, 2017 at 1:57 am
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    The actual examples are very helpful. I can finally understand what to put in italics. Thanks!

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