Q: What are the rules for citing my unpublished dissertation?

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According to the APA style manual, here's how you should cite an unpublished thesis or dissertation. To quote: 

Reference format for unpublished thesis/dissertation:

Author, A. A. (date). TItle of doctoral dissertation or master's thesis (Unpublished doctoral dissertation or master's thesis). Name of Institution, Location.

  • Give the correct full name of the university, not its abbreviation or brand name.

Reference list entry:

Knight, A. (2001). Exercise and osteoarthritis of the knee (Unpublished master's dissertation). Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.

However, different journals follow different referencing styles, so please make sure you check your target journal's author guidelines to check which format they follow.

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