Thesis – A document submitted to earn a degree at a university.
Dissertation – A document submitted to earn an advanced degree, such as a doctorate, at a university.
Citing a thesis or dissertation from a database
Last, F.M. (Date published).First name Last name, “Title” master’s thesis or PhD diss., University, Year published, Database (Identification Number).
Kimberly Knight, “Media Epidemics: Viral Structures in Literature and New Media” PhD diss., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2011, MLA International Bibliography (2013420395).
Citing a thesis or dissertation from the web
First name Last name, “Title” master’s thesis or PhD diss., University, Year published, URL
Wilson, P.L. (2011). Pedagogical practices in the teaching of English language in secondary public schools in Parker County (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from http://drum.lib.umd.edu/bitstream/1903/11801/1/Wilson_umd_0117E_12354.pdf