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APA (6th Edition) Referencing Guide

Referencing Guide based on the 6th Edition of APA style

Theses and dissertations

A thesis is an unpublished document produced by student as part of the requirements for the degree. They come at various levels (e.g. Honours, Masters, PhD, etc). Check with your lecturer before using a thesis for your assignment.

This is a simplified version of the advice in the APA Publication Manual, which has variations of formatting depending on where the thesis was published and how it was retrieved. If you are preparing a document for publication, check pp. 207-208 of the Publication Manual to confirm the format you need.

Format

Online:

Author, A. A. (Year). Title of thesis: Subtitle (Type of thesis, Name of University, City, US State or Country). Retrieved from URL

In print (and not available online):

Author, A. A. (Year). Title: Subtitle (Unpublished type of thesis). University, City, US State or Country.

Examples

Lienart, G. H. (2016). Effects of temperature and food availability on the antipredator behaviour of juvenile coral reef fishes (PhD thesis, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia). Retrieved from https://researchonline.jcu.edu.au/47533/

Hawkins, E. J. (1999). Artist and model: Shaping the creative process (Unpublished master's thesis). James Cook University, Townsville, Australia.

 

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