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APA Citations (7th ed.): Dissertations and Theses

This guide will help you learn how to properly cite sources in APA style and how to avoid plagiarism.

Disserations & Theses

Reference for doctoral dissertations and master's and undergraduate theses are divided by whether they are unpublished or published. This guide will focus on published dissertations and theses.

Published works may be available from a database, a university archive, or a personal website.

Unpublished Dissertation or Thesis

If you wish to cite an unpublished dissertation or theses, please check with your instructor to make sure this source would be appropriate for your assignment.

To learn how to cite unpublished dissertations or theses, see pp. 333-334 of the manual.

Dissertations & Theses Template

Dissertation or Thesis From a Database

Solomon, M. (2017). Social media and self-evaluation: The examination of social media use on identity, social comparison, and self-esteem in young female adults [Doctoral dissertation, William James College]. ProQuest Dissertations and These Global.


Parenthetical citation: (Solomon, 2017)

Narrative citation: Solomon (2017)

Dissertation or Thesis Published Online (Not in a Database)

Lui, T. T. F. (2013). Experiences in the bubble: Assimilation and acculturative stress of Chinese heritage students in Silicon Valley [Master's thesis, Stanford University]. Graduate School of Education International Comparative Education Master's Monographs Digital Collection. https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/10325276


Parenthetical citation: (Lui, 2013)

Narrative citation: Lui (2013)