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APA Doctoral Dissertations and Master's Theses


Examples of how to document the most common types of dissertations and theses are illustrated in this document. However, you might need to use a reference for a source which is not listed on this document.

In such a case, look over the general form given in the document APA: General Guidelines or refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. (2001). (5th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Choose the example that is most like your source and follow that format.


Dissertation abstracted in DAI and obtained from university

Wu, L. H. (1986). The transactive-developmental writing process

as an instructional theory in response to competency testing

(Doctoral dissertation, Pennsylvania State University, 1986).

Dissertation Abstracts International, 47, Z5603.

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Master's thesis abstracted in MAI and obtained from university

Pritchert, P. W. (1979). The social impact of new journalism

(Masters thesis, Iowa State University, 1979). Master's

Abstracts International, 40, T3044.

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Unpublished dissertation

Van Zee, G. R. (1990). The life of the peasant class in Renaissance

England. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Minnesota.

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Unpublished thesis

Boleman, J. M. (1989). The human animal: the unbreakable chain

between mother and child. Unpublished master's thesis, University of

Southern California.

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