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APA citation style: Theses

A guide to using the APA 6th edition referencing system for in-text citations and reference lists.

APA Examples: Theses

Material Type

In-Text Citation

Reference List & Notes

Thesis in print:

(Lockhart, 2009)

Lockhart, E. (2009). The physical education curriculum choices of Western Australian primary school teachers (Unpublished master’s thesis). University of Western Australia.

Thesis in print:

(May, 2007)

May, B. (2007). A survey of radial velocities in the zodiacal dust cloud. Bristol, UK: Canopus Publishing.

EndNote:  Choose Reference Type: Book

Thesis online:
Electronic database

(Rich, 1989)

Rich, P. D. (1989). The rule of ritual in the Arabian Gulf, 1858-1947: The influence of English public schools (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses - UK & Ireland. (AAT 8918197)

Thesis online: Institutional repository

(Brydges, 2014)

Brydges, C. (2014). The development of executive functions: Evidence from behavioural and electrophysiological perspectives. (Doctoral dissertation, University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA). Retrieved from

For theses from a US institutional repository do not include details of the institution.