Example APA Style: Dissertation of another student

You can use other theses as a source for your own dissertation. Take into account that theses often still contain mistakes and are not always a reliable source. So don’t base your dissertation too much on other theses. According to the APA Style you also have to add to your reference that it is a dissertation of another student.

  Dissertation of another student
APA-formatAuthorLastNameInitials. (Year). TitleThesisOrDissertation (Thesis or master’s dissertation). Retrieved from http://WebAddress
In reference listHuijg, N. T. (2015). The determinants of the Dutch demand for military spending (master’s dissertation). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/2105/30207
In the text
  • According to earlier research in a master’s dissertation … (Huijg, 2015).
  • Huijg (2015) states in his master’s dissertation that … .
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