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Dissertation Quotes Or Italics For Title

Citation Elements in Order: 

 

Document Example:

 

Proper Bibliographic Reference Format:

  • Bibliographic references are double-spaced and indented half an inch after the first line.
  • Use italics and "sentence-style" capitalization for dissertation / thesis titles.
  • Identify the work as a doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis in parentheses after the title.
  • If the paper was retrieved through a library database, give the accession or order number at the end of the reference. This can be located within the first pages of the thesis text.

Rashed, D.H. (2008). A case study of international ESL learners’ perceptions of technology use in English language learning (Master’s thesis). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 1456443)

 

In-Text Citations:

Citations are placed in the context of discussion using the author’s last name and date of publication.

(Rashed, 2008)

 

Alternatively, you can integrate the citation into the sentence by means of narrative.

Rashed (2008) examines ESL students’ perceptions of technology use in the classroom.

In a thesis or journal you write all sentences yourself, but on some occasions you prefer to take a piece of text from another source. If you do, should you use quotation marks only, or italicize it, or use both, to identify that you have not written it?

Example for quoting directly from a source:

  1. This can, according to Someone et al. [1], be seen as "an excellent way of representing a piece of text quoted from another source", and therefore it's emphasized.
  2. This can, according to Someone et al. [1], be seen as "an excellent way of representing a piece of text quoted from another source", and therefore it's emphasized.
  3. This can, according to Someone et al. [1], be seen as an excellent way of representing a piece of text quoted from another source, and therefore it's emphasized.

Example for a definition with a source:

  1. Wikipedia defines italic as "a semi-cursive, slightly sloped style of handwriting and calligraphy that was developed during the Renaissance in Italy" [2].
  2. Wikipedia defines italic as "a semi-cursive, slightly sloped style of handwriting and calligraphy that was developed during the Renaissance in Italy" [2].
  3. Wikipedia defines italic as a semi-cursive, slightly sloped style of handwriting and calligraphy that was developed during the Renaissance in Italy [2].

Are there are any style guides or recommendations that refer to italicized text, for either quotes or definitions? And related to the two examples, what is the recommended way to distinguish between a quote and a definition?

Edit: note that if a style guide is provided, the guide should be followed. This question relates to situations where no style guide is required.

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