How to cite a dissertation in Chicago

Chicago style dissertation citation

To cite a dissertation thesis in a reference entry in Chicago style 17th edition include the following elements:

  1. Author(s) of the dissertation: Give first the last name, then the name as presented in the source (e. g. Watson, John). For two authors, reverse only the first name, followed by ‘and’ and the second name in normal order (e. g. Watson, John, and John Watson). For more than seven authors, list the first seven names followed by et al.
  2. Title of the dissertation: Give the title in quotation marks.
  3. Degree: Type of degree.
  4. University: Give the name of the institution.
  5. Year of publication: Give the year of publication as presented in the source.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a dissertation thesis in Chicago style 17th edition:

Author(s) of the dissertation. "Title of the dissertation." Degree, University, Year of publication.

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the Chicago style guidelines in action:


A doctoral dissertation with one author

Guo, Jia. "Trust-based Service Management of Internet of Things Systems and Its Applications." Doctoral dissertation, Virginia Tech, 2018.

A doctoral dissertation with one author

Neel, Breta L. "Three Flute Chamber Works by Alberto Ginastera: Intertwining Elements of Art and Folk Music." Doctoral dissertation, Nebraska-Lincoln University, 2017.

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