Apa 6 Dissertation Format

Research papers written in APA style include four major sections.  These sections include:

Title page

APA style title pages are centered horizontally and vertically.  It consists of the title of your paper, your name and institution.  For dissertations, it should also include the degree you are submitting the dissertation for, the month and the year.  The title page should be numbered the first page.  A running head should appear in the upper left-hand corner of your paper [Please note that title pages of Alliant dissertations should not include a running head. See the Formatting Manual for more information].  The running head should be typed in UPPERCASE letters and be no more than 50 characters long.  Some programs differ in their requirements for a page number and running head, so check your program's guidelines.

Example:

Running Head: HOW TO USE APA

 

Abstract

An abstract is a brief (150 to 250 words) but thorough description of your problem, findings and summaries.  If you performed an experiment, your methodology and findings should be described.  Your abstract should be one paragraph with no indentation.

 

Main body

Running head and pages are still present in the main body of your dissertation.

 

References 

The running head and page numbers also continue onto your reference section.  Center the word "References" and continue to use double spacing throughout this page.  References must have a hanging indent and follow the APA formatting described throughout this guide.

Thesis – A document submitted to earn a degree at a university.

Dissertation – A document submitted to earn an advanced degree, such as a doctorate, at a university.


Citing a thesis or dissertation from a database

Structure:

Last, F.M. (Date published). Title (Doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis). Retrieved from database name. (Accession or Order no.)

 

Example:

Knight, K.A. (2011). Media epidemics: Viral structures in literature and new media (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from MLA International Bibliography Database. (Accession No. 2013420395)

 


Citing a thesis or dissertation from the web

Structure:

Knight, K.A. (2011). Media epidemics: Viral structures in literature and new media (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from MLA International Bibliography Database. (Accession No. 2013420395)

Note: Identify the work as a doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis in parentheses after the title.


Example:

Wilson, P.L. (2011). Pedagogical practices in the teaching of English language in secondary public schools in Parker County (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from http://drum.lib.umd.edu/bitstream/1903/11801/1/Wilson_umd_0117E_12354.pdf

 


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