Where Can I Find Unpublished Dissertations

Unpublished theses and dissertations:

Jordan, J. J. (2005). Psychosocial effects of gifted programming (Unpublished master's thesis). University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.

Berg, D. H. (2003). Prospective leadership development in colleges and universities in Canada: Perceptions of leaders, educators and students (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.

Electronic theses and dissertations:

If retrieved from a commercial database, provide the database name and publication number:

Hiebert, R. W. (2006). The education of children from poverty: A descriptive case study of a public school and a community school (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertation & Theses: Full Text (NR18185)

If retrieved from an institutional database, provide a thesis statement and the database URL:

Richet, E. (2007). The citizenship education system in Canada from 1945-2005: An overview and assessment (Master’s thesis, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada). Retrieved from http://library2.usask.ca/etd


Thesis and dissertation can mean different things, depending on which institution the work is from.  For study purposes and for your APA reference you need to know the level of the work.

  • Always check the title page, or subsequent pages, to determine exactly what the work is
  • Use the information there for your APA reference

At Auckland University of Technology (and other NZ universities)

Thesis is either for a doctoral or a master's degree.

Dissertation is either for a master's or a bachelor's degree with honours.

Exegesisis the written component of a practice-based thesis where the major output is a creative work;  e.g. a film, artwork, novel.


In some other parts of the world such as North America, a dissertation may be for a doctoral degree and a thesis for a master's degree.

See Section 7.05  in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition.

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