Harvard Referencing: Theses

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Basic format to reference a thesis

The basics of a Reference List entry for an unpublished thesis:

  • Author. The surname is followed by first initials.
  • Year.
  • Title (in single inverted commas).
  • Level of Thesis.
  • University.
  • City.

Example:
​Suwetwattanakul, C 2010, 'Developing a knowledge sharing model for the implementation of the learning organization in Thailand', PhD thesis, Victoria University, Melbourne.       

 

Please note:

  • A thesis can come in a number of formats, i.e. they can be published, unpublished or retrieved from a database.
  • The principles when referencing a thesis are similar to those employed when referencing a book. 
  • The example above is for an unpublished thesis, examples for an online or a published thesis can be found below.

Referencing theses: Examples

Material Type In-text example Reference List examples
Thesis: Unpublished
 
(Suwetwattanakul 2010)
 

Suwetwattanakul, C 2010, 'Developing a knowledge sharing model for the implementation of the learning organization in Thailand', PhD thesis, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Title is not italicised for unpublished theses.

Thesis: Published (Binder 2009) Binder, G 2009, Corporate governance in Arab countries: development of corporate governance in Arab and MENA countries, University of Vienna, Vienna.
Thesis:
Online

 
 
(Barua 2010)
 
 
Barua, S 2010, Drought assessment and forecasting using a nonlinear aggregated drought index, PhD thesis, Victoria University, Melbourne, viewed 12 October 2011, <http://vuir.vu.edu.au/1598>.