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APA Referencing - Education & CCSC students: Thesis

This guide provides information on how to reference using the APA 7th edition publication style

How to reference a thesis

In the APA publication style a doctoral thesis is called a dissertation and a master's thesis called a thesis. This reflects the academic terminology in the USA. In Australia, these terms are used interchangeably with thesis being the most common term. Theses is the plural form of thesis.


APA 7th Edition


Doctoral or master's thesis (APA7)

Doctoral or master's thesis

In-text reference

(Author, year) 

According to Anstee (2019) ...

OR it has been identified (Anstee, 2019) ...

Reference list

Author, A. A. (2020). Title of thesis [Published thesis, Name of Institution]. Database or Archive Name. URL 

Anstee, A. G. (2019). Independent school principals' wellbeing: Exploration of inhibitors and enablers [PhD thesis, University of Technology, Sydney]. OPUS. 
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