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Basic format to reference a Ph.D. dissertation or a Master thesis

 [#]    Author(s) Initial(s). Surname(s), “Title of thesis or dissertation,” Type of thesis (Ph.D. dissertation or M.S. thesis), Abbrev. Dept., AbbrevUniv., City of University, (U.S. State or Country if the City is not ‘well known’), Year of Publication. Accessed on: Abbrev. Month. Day, Year. [Type of medium]. Available: site/path/file

Referencing elements to cite:

  • [#] Reference number (matching the in-text citation number)
  • Author’s first initial. Author’s second initial, if provided. Author’s last name
  • Title of dissertation, in lowercase and double quotation marks
  • Ph.D. dissertation or M.S. thesis
  • Abbreviation of the Academic Department, Faculty or College that awarded the Ph.D. or the M.S. thesis
  • Abbreviation of the University
  • City of University
  • State Abbreviation
  • Year of Publication 
  • Accesses on : abbreviated month, day and year of publication
  • Type of medium
  • Available: site/path/file

Example:

[1]    K. Jegathala Krishnan, "Implementation of renewable energy to reduce carbon consumption and fuel cell as a back-up power for national broadband network (NBN) in Australia," Ph.D dissertation, College of Eng. and Sc., Victoria Univ., Melbourne, 2013. Accessed on: June 16, 2017. [Online]. Available: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/25679/

[2]    M. T. Long, "On the statistical correlation between the heave, pitch and roll motion of road transport vehicles,"  M.S. thesis, College of Eng. and Sc., Victoria Univ., Melbourne, Mar. 2016. Accessed on: Mar. 28, 2017. [Online]. Available: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/32281/1/LONG%20Michael%20-%20Thesis.pdf

Basic format to reference a Bachelor thesis

[#]    Author(s) Initial(s). Surname(s), “Title of thesis,” B.S. thesis, Abbrev. Dept., Abbrev. Univ., City of Univ., (U.S. State or Country if the City is not ‘well known”), Year of Publication. 

Referencing elements to cite:

  • [#] Reference number (matching the in-text citation number)
  • Author’s first initial. Author’s second initial, if provided. Author’s last name(s)
  • Title of thesis, in lowercase and double quotation marks
  • B.S. thesis for Bachelor’s thesis
  • Abbreviation of the Academic Department, Faculty or College that awarded the degree
  • Abbreviation of the University
  • City of University
  • State Abbreviation
  • Year of Publication 

[2]   J. O. Williams, “Acoustic analysis of sound,” B.S. Thesis, Sch. of Eng. and Appl. Sciences., Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA, 2013.

Referencing a theses: Examples

Material typeIn-text exampleReference List example

Ph. D. Dissertation

As shown by Willsky in [3], the various …                                                          

[3]   E. R. Willsky, “Nanomaterials for electronic and sensing applications,” Ph.D. dissertation, School of Elect. and Inform. Eng., Univ. Sydney, Sydney, 2012.

Master degree thesis

For more details see [1].                                                  

[1]    Z. Shen, “Colour differentiation in digital images,” M.S. Thesis, Sch. of Comp. Science and Maths., Victoria Univ., Melbourne, 2003. Accessed on: Oct., 28, 2016. [Online]. Available: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/15529/1/zhenliang_shen.pdf 

Bachelor degree thesis     

As in [2], the quality of the sound …

[2]   J. O. Williams, “Acoustic analysis of sound,” B.S. Thesis, Sch. of Eng. and Appl. Sciences., Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA, 2013.

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The format here should be used to cite an unpublished thesis. Note the title of the unpublished thesis is not italicised and is placed in quotation marks.
 
Use the format for books if citing a published thesis.
 
 General Format   
 
In-Text Citation: 

(Author Surname Year)
(Author Surname Year, page number)
 
References:

Author Surname of thesis, Initial(s) Year of submission, ‘Title of thesis’, name of degree, Institution issuing degree, Location of institution.

 
Example
  

In-Text Citation:
(Sakunasingha 2006)
(Sakunasingha 2006, p. 36)
 
References:
Sakunasingha, B 2006, ‘An empirical study into factors influencing the use of value-based management tools’, DBA thesis, Southern Cross University, Lismore NSW.
 

The format is for citing an electronic thesis available online. 
 
 General Format   
 
In-Text Citation: 

(Author Surname Year)
(Author Surname Year, page number)
 
References:

Author Surname of thesis, Initial(s) Year of submission, ‘Title of thesis’, name of degree, Institution issuing degree, viewed Day Month Year, <URL>.

Example
  

In-Text Citation: 

(Ram 2012)
(Ram 2011, p. 130)
 
References:
Ram, R 2012,  ‘Development of the International Financial Reporting Standard for Small and Medium-sized Entities’, PhD thesis, The University of Sydney, viewed 23 May 2014, <http://hdl.handle.net/2123/8208>.
 

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About citing theses

For each type of source in this guide, both the general form and an example will be provided.

The following format will be used:

In-Text Citation (Author date) – entry that appears in the body of your paper when you express the ideas of a researcher or author using your own words.

In-Text Citation (Author date, page number) – entry that appears in the body of your paper after a direct quote or when paraphrasing a passage, summarising an idea from a particular page or you want to direct the reader to a specific page.

References – entry that appears at the end of your paper.

Information on citing and some examples were drawn from the AGPS manual (6th ed.

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