Citation Guide: Modern Language Association (MLA)

Dissertations and Theses

1. Citing an Unpublished Dissertation or Thesis

Last Name of Author, First Name of Author. "Title of Dissertation or Thesis." Descriptive Label for Type of Document (Dissertation. or Thesis). Name of Degree Granting Institution, year written.


Hughey, Annie Catherine. "The Treatment of the Negro in South Carolina Fiction." Thesis. U of South Carolina, 1933.

2. Citing a Published Dissertation or Thesis

Cite as you would a book, but include an appropriate label such as “Dissertation” or “Thesis” after the title. Add the school and the year.


Kidd, Celeste. Rational Approaches to Learning and Development. Dissertation, U of Rochester, 2013.

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