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