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Apa Reference Style Dissertations

Author: Panasuk, N.
Last name first, abbreviate first and middle names. End with a period.   

Year of Publication:
In parentheses. List the year of publication, which appears on the title page or the title page verso (back side of title page). Follow the parentheses with a period. 

Title & subtitle of the book: What variables appear to work in stress managment programs in the workplace and how effective are these programs?
The title and subtitle are separated by a colon. Capitalize only the first word of the title and subtitle and all proper nouns or names.  Italicize the title and end with a period or if it has a question mark in the title, that is sufficient.   

Status of Publishing: Unpublished master's thesis,
Use the words Unpublished master's thesis followed by a comma. If it is a project, then use the words Unpublished master's project,

Name of Institution Where Degree was Granted: The College of St. Scholastica,
The full name of the college or university followed by a comma.

Place of Institution: Duluth, Minnesota.
For these U.S. cities use the city name alone: Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco.  For all others, add the standard postal abbreviations for states.  Separate place from publisher with a colon.  If more than one city is given, use the first only. End the citation with a period. 

NOTE:  For more information on Master's Theses/Projects citations, see page 207-208 in the 6th edition of the APA manual.


Follow these examples closely for all layout, punctuation, spacing, italicizing and capitalizing.

The title should be italicized and followed by Doctoral dissertation or Master's thesis in brackets.

If the work is retrieved from a database it should include the name of the database and the accession number


Published Thesis

FormatAuthor, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of thesis or dissertation (Doctoral dissertation or Master's thesis). Retrieved from Name of database. (Accession or Order no.)

Bozeman, A. Jr. (2007). Age of onset as predictor of cognitive performance in children with seizure disorders. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from Proquest Dissertations and Theses. (UMI 3259752)


Unpublished Thesis

FormatAuthor, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of thesis or dissertation (Unpublished Doctoral dissertation or Master's thesis). Name of Institution, Location.

Imber, A. (2003).Applicant reactions to graduate recruitment and selection. (Unpublished Doctoral dissertation.) Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.