Unpublished Dissertation Mla Citation


MLA List of Works Cited: Books - Dissertations

If You Cite an Unpublished Dissertation

For an unpublished dissertation, follow the title (in quotation marks) with "Diss." and the university and date.
  Example Hidalgo, Stephen Paul. "Vietnam War Poetry: A Genre
   of Witness." Diss. U of Notre Dame, 1995.

  If You Cite a Published Dissertation

Cite a published dissertation as you would a book, with place of publication, publisher, and date, but also include dissertation information after the title (for example, "Diss. U of California, 1998."). If the dissertation is published by University Microfilms International (UMI), include "Ann Arbor: UMI," the date, and the order number at the end of the entry.
  Example Diaz-Greenberg, Rosario. The Emergence of Voice in
   Latino High School Students. Diss. U of San
   Francisco. 1996. Ann Arbor: UMI, 1996. 9611612.

  If You Cite a Dissertation Abstract

If you cite an abstract published in Dissertation Abstracts International, use the abbreviation DAI followed by the section number, date, and relevant page numbers.
  Example Hidalgo, Stephen Paul. "Vietnam War Poetry: A Genre
   of Witness." Diss. U of Notre Dame, 1995.
   DAI 56-03 (1995): 0931A.
 

See also
One Author
Two or More Authors
Edited Book
Author and Editor
One Work in an Anthology
More than One Work in an Anthology
Reference Books
No Author Named
Organization or Corporation as Author
Translated Book
Multivolume Work
Book in Series
Publisher with Imprint
Foreword, Preface, Introduction, or Afterword
Republished Book
Edition after the First
Title Including a Title
Government Publication
MLA Style: In-Text Citations

How do I cite a dissertation in MLA style?

A dissertation is a unique type of source. It is a finished, stand-alone work written under the auspices of an institution. In a change from the previous edition of the MLAHandbook, we do not distinguish between published and unpublished dissertations. To cite a dissertation, include in the entry the author, title, and date of publication as core elements. As an optional element, list the institution granting the degree and a description of the work.

Njus, Jesse. Performing the Passion: A Study on the Nature of Medieval Acting. 2010. Northwestern U, PhD dissertation.

If you accessed the dissertation through an online repository, include this fact as the title of the second container:

Njus, Jesse. Performing the Passion: A Study on the Nature of Medieval Acting. 2010. Northwestern U, PhD dissertation. ProQuest, search.proquest.com/docview/305212264?accountid=7432.

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