How to cite an honors thesis in Harvard

Harvard honors thesis citation

To cite an honors thesis in a reference entry in Harvard style include the following elements:

  1. Author(s) of the honors thesis: Give the last name and initials (e. g. Watson, J.) of up to three authors with the last name preceded by 'and'. For four authors or more include the first name followed by et al., unless your institution requires referencing of all named authors.
  2. Year of submission: Give the year in round brackets.
  3. Title of the honors thesis: Give the title as presented in the source. Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalized.
  4. Degree description: Type of degree.
  5. Degree-awarding institution: Give the name of the institution.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of an honors thesis in Harvard style:

Author(s) of the honors thesis. (Year of submission) Title of the honors thesis. Degree description. Degree-awarding institution.

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


An honors thesis with one author

Stevens, I. (2019) Iron Complexs for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Generation. Undergraduate honors thesis. William & Mary University.

An unpublished honors thesis

Zhang, I. Y., and Goffin, R. D. (2018) Evil Geniuses at Work: Does Intelligence Interact with the Dark Triad to Predict Workplace Deviance?. Unpublished undergraduate honors thesis. Western University.

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