The MLA style is a set of rules and guidelines that scholars and other researchers use to format bibliographies and citations within the text of research papers. The Association of Modern Languages (MLA) states that more than 1,100 academic and literary journals use the MLA style, which has been widely adopted by scholars in the humanities. When quoting a thesis in your bibliography using the MLA style, you do it the same way as when you access the Internet or take it in print.
How to cite a thesis in your bibliography in MLA style
Start by making a list with the author’s name and surnames without using their initials. If possible, do it as follows:
Continue and write in italics the name of the title of the thesis.
Use one of the following headings to indicate the type of thesis you are quoting. “Master’s thesis” for a master’s thesis in arts, humanities and sciences. And if it is a doctoral thesis, you must specify “Dissertation”.
Write the name of the school followed by the city where it is located, the year in which the thesis was accepted and the word “printed” in case you quote one in print. The complete reference should be viewed as follows:
Jones, Marcus Alexander. The impact of public transport on travel behavior in the Atlanta metropolitan area (in italics). Master’s Thesis. Georgia State University, Atlanta, 2002. Printed.
To access an electronic thesis, consider the small difference in the quote below – consider the database where the thesis is located.
Jones, Marcus Alexander. The impact of public transport on travel behavior in the Atlanta metropolitan area (in italics). Master’s Thesis. Georgia State University, Atlanta, 2002. Dissertations and Thesis Proust. Web. June 21, 2005.