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.

 

MLA Thesis Citation Structure:

Last, First M. Title. MA or MS Thesis. Name of University, Year Published. Web. Date accessed.

MLA Dissertation Citation Structure:

Last name, First Name. Title. Diss. Name of University, Year Published. Web. Date accessed.

Note: MLA7 does not require the URL in the citation. Your teacher or professor will advise you to include the URL or not. The URL belongs in a bracket and goes at the end of the citation.

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Example:

Wilson, Peggy Lynn. Pedagogical Practices in the Teaching of English Language in Secondary Public Schools in Parker County. Diss. University of Maryland, 2011. Web. 4 Apr. 2011.


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