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Theses and Dissertations: How to Cite

Citation Examples

APA Citation Style (6th Ed.)

See pages 40-41 in the manual for more detail.

Sample citation for a dissertation retrieved from ProQuest database:
Aguiar, L. (2001). The ‘dirt' on the contract cleaning industry in Toronto:
     Cleanliness and work reorganization (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved
     from Proquest Dissertations & Theses. (Publication number AAT NQ67931)

Sample citation for a thesis retrieved from an online database:
Gibson, L. S. (2007). Considering critical thinking and History 12: One
     teacher's story (Master's thesis). Retrieved from https://circle.ubc.ca/


MLA Citation Style (7th Ed.)

See p. 180 #5.5.26 & p. 187 #5.6.2c & p. 192 #5.6.4 in the manual for more detail. Note: To cite a master's thesis, substitute the appropriate label (e.g. MA thesis, MS thesis) for Diss.

Sample citation for a dissertation retrieved from ProQuest database:
Blum, Martin Albert. "Body Politics: Otherness and the Representation of
     Bodies in Late Medieval Writings." Diss. U of British Columbia, 1997.
     ProQuest Digital Dissertations Web. 22 Dec. 2010.

Sample citation for a thesis retrieved from an online database:
Wilson, Freeda Catherine. "A Model for Translating Metaphors in Proverbs
     (French to English): A Cognitive Descriptive Approach." MA thesis. U of
     British Columbia, 2009. cIRcle: UBC's Information Repository. Web. 4
     Apr. 2011.


Chicago Citation Style (16th Ed.)

See pages 746-747 (#14.224) in the manual for more detail. Note: The examples below are for a bibliographic entry. For footnotes/endnotes rearrange the pieces of the citation below following the basic format of a book citation.

Sample citation for a dissertation retrieved from ProQuest database:
Rose, John Stanley. "Charting Citizenship: The Political Participation of
     Immigrants in Richmond and Surrey, British Columbia." PhD diss.,
     University of British Columbia, 2007. ProQuest (AAT NR31918).   

Sample citation for a thesis retrieved from an online database:
Brillinger, Marc A. "Silence Descends: The Effects of Rising Authoritarianism
     and Fear on Citizen Engagement." Master's thesis, University of British
     Columbia, 2009. http://hdl.handle.net/2429/17437

Need More Citation Information?

The UBC Research Commons offers workshops throughout each term on three of the most popular citation management tools: RefWorks, Mendeley, and Zotero. To view upcoming workshops and to register for a session, visit the Library Workshops and Events Calendar and search for citation management. They also offer individual consultation appointments, via the link under "Consultations" on the main Research Commons page. You can also email them at research.commons@ubc.ca.