Answered By: Kendra Spahr
Last Updated: Feb 14, 2020     Views: 252

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition, Example #41 (p. 208) gives a basic format for citing a dissertaion from an institutional database like Digital UNC.

The tricky part is the URL. The example in the APA manual gives a URL to a landing page for all the theses and dissertaions in a particular insititutional database ( Listed below are general URLs to Digital UNC that it may be appropriate to use in citations. However, Digital UNC also has permanent URLs called handles that may be a better option than a general URL (see the example citation below).

Digital UNC URLs:

  • “Dissertations” page
  • "Capstones" page
  • "Theses" page 
  • Digital UNC homepage  

Basic Format

Author last name, A. G. (date).  Title (Doctoral dissertation).  Retrieved from


Clark, A. (2013). Effectiveness of the Dangerous Decibels program in children when delivered with parental

involvement (Doctoral dissertaion). Retrieved from