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Turabian Citation Style Guide 9th Edition: G. Theses and Dissertations

About Citing Books

For each type of source in this guide, the general form and specific examples will be provided for the Notes-Bibliography style options of Turabian.

This information and several of the examples were drawn from A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (9th Edition). Numbers in parentheses refer to specific pages in the manual.

For further information, please ask your instructor or refer to the Turabian manual.

Open Access Dissertations

Open Access Theses and Dissertations aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 1100 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes 4,849,369 theses and dissertations.

EBSCO Open Dissertations

The channels by which today’s scholars discover relevant content are varied and wide. In this increasingly complex environment, institutions are seeking strategies to make their students’ theses and dissertations as widely visible and cited as possible. With EBSCO Open Dissertations, institutions and students are offered an innovative approach to meeting these goals by driving additional traffic to ETDs in institutional repositories. The program is free for authors and participating institutions with the desired end of making significant open-access content more readily discoverable to end-users within and beyond academic institutions.

Theses and Dissertations

For Notes-Bibliography style, cite thesis and dissertations like books except for the title, which is in roman type and enclosed in quotation marks (17.7.1). After the author and title, list the kind of paper, the academic institution, and the date. The publication data is enclosed in parenthesis in a note but not in a bibliography.  Abbreviate dissertation as diss. Include the URL if the paper is from an online source. Include access date only if publication date is not provided (see 15.4.1 for more details).


General Format

Superscript Note Number. First Name Last Name of Author, "Title of Dissertation" (Diss or Thesis, University, Date), page number, accessed Date of Access, URL.
Bibliographic Entry:
Author Last Name, First Name. "Title of Dissertation." Diss or Thesis, University, Date. Accessed Date of Access, URL.




3 Guadalupe Navarro-Garcia, "Integrating Social Justice Values in Educational Leadership: A Study of African American and Black University Presidents" (PhD diss., University of California Los Angeles, 2016), 44, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.

Navarro-Garcia, Guadalupe. "Integrating Social Justice Values in Educational Leadership: A Study of African American and Black University Presidents." PhD diss., University of California Los Angeles, 2016.  ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.

Finding Dissertations Tutorials

View this short video to learn how to access Luther Rice doctoral students dissertations.

View this short video to learn how to login to the TREN database and access the theses and dissertations.

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