Citation Guide: Modern Language Association (MLA)

Dissertations and Theses

1. Citing an Unpublished Dissertation or Thesis

Format:
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.

Example:

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

Format:
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.

Example: 

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

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