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How do I reference a PhD dissertation or MA thesis in APA style?

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Please visit pages 207 and 208 in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (American Psychological Association, 2010) for more information and examples, but see below for three general examples:

Doctoral Dissertation or Master’s Thesis from a Database Service

Author, A. A. (year). Title of doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis (Doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis). Retrieved from Name of Database. (Accession or Order No.)

  • In-text citation: (Author, year, p. X)
  • See pages 207-208 in the APA manual

Unpublished Dissertation or Thesis

Author, A. A. (year). Title of doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis). Name of Institution, Location.

  • In-text citation: (Author, year, p. X)

Doctoral Dissertation or Master’s Thesis from a University Outside the United States and Retrieved from a Database Service

Author, A. A. (year). Title of doctoral dissertation or master's thesis (Doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis, Name of University, City, Country). Retrieved from Name of Database. (Accession or Order No.)

For example:

Aspirot, S. (2004). Academic coaches and leadership (Master’s thesis, Royal Roads University, Victoria, Canada). Retrieved from Proquest Dissertations and Theses database. (Publication No. AAT MQ93716)

  • In-text citation: (Aspirot, 2004, p. X)

Also, see "Citing chapters of a dissertation in APA Style".

Reference

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. 

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