How to Cite a Thesis or Dissertation in MLA

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Citing a Thesis or Dissertation

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.

 

The formatting for thesis and dissertation citations is largely the same. However, you should be sure to include the type of degree after the publication year as supplemental information. For instance, state if the source you are citing is an undergraduate thesis or a PhD dissertation.

MLA Thesis and Dissertation Citation Structure (print):

Last, First M. Title of the Thesis/Dissertation. Year Published. Name of University, type of degree.

MLA Thesis and Dissertation Citation Structure (online):

Last, First M. Title of the Thesis/Dissertation. Year Published. Name of University, type of degree. Website Name, URL.

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Example:

Wilson, Peggy Lynn. Pedagogical Practices in the Teaching of English Language in Secondary Public Schools in Parker County. 2011. University of Maryland, PhD dissertation.

In-text Citation Structure:

(Author Last Name page #)

In-text Citation Example: 

(Wilson 14)


 

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