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MLA - Referencing Guide



Standard format for citation


Author, Given Names. Title of Thesis: Subtitle. Year. University, Thesis type.



Author, Given Names. Title of Thesis: Subtitle. Year of completion. University, Thesis type. Publisher, Year of publication.


From a full text database or repository:

Author, Given Names. (Year). Title of Thesis: Subtitle. Year of completion. University, Thesis type. Database or Repository Name (Identifier if given), internet address.


Thesis in print: Unpublished

Woznica, Mirek. A Counter-History of Art. 1997. Murdoch U, PhD thesis.

Thesis in print: Published

Darling, Charles W. Giver of Due Regard: The Poetry of Richard Wilbur. 1977. U. of CT, PhD dissertation. Merganser Press, 1979.

Thesis from a full text database

Kane, Sonia. Acts of Coercion: Father-Daughter Relationships and the Pressure to Confess in British Women's Fiction, 1778-1814. 2003. City U of New York, PhD dissertation. ProQuest,

Thesis from a repository

Chew, Cynthia Mei-Li. "It's Stupid Being a Girl!': The Tomboy Character in Selected Children’s Series Fiction. 2009. Murdoch U, PhD thesis. Murdoch University Research Repository,

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