Citation Guide: Chicago Manual of Style (Author/Date System)

Dissertations and Theses

1. Published Dissertation or Thesis

Note: Include the phrase, "Ph.D. diss." or "Master's thesis" before the name of the degree granting institution.

References List Format:
Give the author and title, the phrase “PhD diss.” or “master’s thesis,” followed by the information about the institution that granted the degree and the year. Include the publication number from ProQuest if appropriate.

Colello, Anthony. Affirmative Action Bans and Minority Employment: Washington State’s Initiative 200. PhD diss., Georgetown University, 2011, 41-2, ProQuest (AAT 1491319).


2. Unpublished Dissertation or Thesis

Note: Include the phrase, "Ph.D. diss." or "Master's thesis" before the name of the degree granting institution.

References List Format:
Give the author and title, in quotation marks. Then include the phrase “PhD diss.” or “master’s thesis,” information about the institution that granted the degree, and the date.

Iddings, Joshua Glenn. “Writing at One Appalachian High School.” PhD diss., Purdue University, 2013.


3. Abstract of a Dissertation or Thesis

Note: Format like a Journal Article. Include the phrase, "Ph.D. diss." or "Master's thesis" before the name of the degree granting institution.

References List Format:
Provide information as you would for an article in a journal. Add information about Dissertation Abstracts International.

Mou, Yi. “Social Media and Risk Communication: The Role of Social Networking Sites, in Food-safety Communication.” PhD Diss., University of Connecticut, 2012. Abstract, Dissertation Abstracts International 74 (2013).

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