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APA Citation Style, 7th Edition: Dissertations & Thesis

Citing Dissertations & Theses in APA Format

How to create an APA 7th edition reference for Dissertations & Thesis
Author Date Title (SOURCE) Institution (SOURCE) Database Name (SOURCE) URL
Author, A. A.  (2018).

Title of thesis [Unpublished master's thesis].

Title of dissertation [Unpublished doctoral dissertation].

Title of dissertation (Publication No. xx) [Doctoral dissertation, Name of Institution Awarding the Degree].

Name of Institution Awarding the Degree.

(Included here if NOT found in Proquest Dissertations and Theses Global).

Proquest Dissertations and Theses Global.

(Only needed if accessed from this database).

https://www.xx.xxxx

(Only needed if available, you do not need to include a URL if obtained from Proquest).

Dissertations & Theses

Dissertations and theses are formatted the same way in APA 7th edition. Theses are generally the culminating work for a master's or undergraduate degree and dissertations are often original research completed by doctoral students. Here are examples of a dissertation & a thesis, and how they would be formatted: 

 

Examples: 

 

Dissertation found in Proquest Dissertations and Theses Global: 

Reference: 

Banks, B. (2020). Addressing institutional racism in healthcare: A case study (Publication No. 28154307) [Doctoral dissertation, University of Minnesota]. Proquest Dissertations and Theses Global. 

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 

(Banks, 2020).

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Banks, 2020, p. 157).

 
Master's thesis from a University scholarship database: 

Reference: 

Sears, L. B. (2017). The public voice and sustainable food systems: Community engagement in food action plans [Unpublished master's thesis]. University of Kansas. https://kuscholarworks.ku.edu/handle/1808/26899 

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Sears, 2017). 

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Sears, 2017, p. 24). 

 

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Citation information has been adapted from the APA Manual (7th Edition). Please refer to page 333 of the APA Manual (7th Edition) for more information.

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