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Vancouver Referencing Style:  Theses

UON Library guide to Vancouver Style for UON students

General Rules and Examples

Theses and dissertations

 

General rules:

The exact format of references to theses and dissertations is dependent upon whether the thesis/dissertation is published or unpublished, and how it is available (online or in print). 

The elements common to references to an entire thesis/dissertation are:

  • Author Name
  • Thesis Title
  • Thesis Type
    • Use 'master's thesis' for work at the master's level and 'dissertation' for the doctorate.
  • Academic Institution /University 
  • Date
    • The year the degree was granted
  • DOI or URL 
    • If the document was consulted online, include the DOI if available, or a URL.

For citing published theses

  • Cite published theses as books and add the publisher's name and date of publication in addition to the elements listed above.  

For citing parts of theses

  • To cite parts of a thesis, such as chapters, figures, tables or appendixes, cite the thesis as a whole first, then follow it by the information about the part.    

Online theses and dissertations 

 

The following is the general format of a reference to an online thesis with example. For citing theses in print, see the tab above.  

See the general rules for theses for more details. 

 

Reference list entry: format and example

 

Citation No.  Author. Title: subtitle [type of thesis on the Internet]. Campus Location: University; Year of publication [cited date]Page. URL

 

1.           Rutting S. Dietary fatty acids and innate immune responses in primary human lung cells [dissertation on the Internet]. Callaghan (NSW): University of Newcastle; 2019 [cited 2020 Jan 8]. 195 p. Available from: https://nova.newcastle.edu.au/vital/access/manager/Repository/uon:35633

 

Print theses and dissertations 

 

The following is the general format of a reference to a thesis in print. For citing online theses see the tab above.  

See the general rules for theses for more details. 

 

Reference list entry: format and example

 

Citation No. Author. Title: subtitle [type of thesis]. Campus Location: University; Year of publication. 

 

1.           Weisbaum LD. Human sexuality of children and adolescents: a comprehensive training guide for social work professionals [master's thesis]. Long Beach (CA): California State University, Long Beach; 2005.

Parts of theses and dissertations

 

To cite parts of a thesis, such as chapters, figures, tables or appendixes, cite the thesis as a whole first, then follow it by the information about the part.  

The following is the general format of a reference to a part of a thesis. 

See the general rules for theses for more details. 

 

Reference list entry: format and example

 

Citation No. Author. Title: subtitle [type of thesis]. Campus Location: University; Year of publication. Part No, Part title; page range.

 

1.           Christensen PM. Infant nutrition and child health on Tarawa, Kiribati: a nutritional anthropological approach [master's thesis]. Sydney: University of New South Wales, Centre for South Pacific Studies; 1995. Chapter 3.1, Breastfeeding practices on Tarawa; p. 46-53.

2.           Kneale C. Health claims: an exploration of the current debate in Australia [master's thesis]. Sydney: University of Sydney, Nutrition Research Foundation; 1996 Oct. Appendix 4, Health claims questionnaire; p. 49.

 

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