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Modern Language Association (MLA): Unpublished Dissertations

If you wish to cite a dissertation that has not yet been published, use the following format:

Begin with the author's name, followed by the dissertation title in quotation marks, the abbreviation "Diss.," the name of the institution, and the year.

For additional information, please see the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (6th edition) and the MLA style website.