Answered By: Tom Warren
Last Updated: Jul 29, 2015     Views: 16

Hi John,

The answer to this question greatly depends on where you found this dissertation on the Internet. Most completed dissertations are provided through a database operated by ProQuest, hence the rule for citing automatically assumes that is the location.

The usual format is:

Last name, first initial.middle initial. (publication date). Title in italics. Retrieved from ProQuest Digital Dissertations. (ProQuest publication number)

If you located the dissertation from another database the format is:

Last, F.M. (Date published). Title (Doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis). Retrieved from database name. (Accession or Order no.)

If you located the dissertation from the general Internet the format is:

Last, F.M. (Date published). Title (Doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis). Retrieved from http://URL

In this last case it is best to provide the most direct link to the document. For example, if it is presented as a PDF then provide the link for that particular file.

This website provides great information about working with APA: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/1/

I hope this helps and please feel free to contact us with any other questions.

-Edward Koltonski

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