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CEMS and SBL Harvard Referencing Style: Dissertations and Theses

Referencing Dissertations and Theses

When referring to an unpublished dissertation or thesis, the name of the relevant degree, the name of the university that awarded the degree and the location of the university (even if the name of the location forms part of the name of the university) are given, instead of the place of publication and the name of the publisher.

The citation order, capitalization and punctuation are as follows:


Author’s Surname, INITIALS. Year of acceptance. Title. Degree. Name of Institution, Place.


Author’s Surname, INITIALS. Year of completion. Title. Degree. Name of Institution, Place. Available at: URL [Accessed: Day Month Year].


Example of a printed thesis:

Smith, J. 2000. An investigation of the impact of services marketing on the airline industry. DBL thesis. University of South Africa, Pretoria.

Example of an electronic thesis:

Van Beek, R. 2016. A comparative study between the three phases of retirement with regard to the practical retirement planning process. Master of Accounting Science. University of South Africa, Pretoria. Available at: http://hdl.handle.net/10500/23683. [Accessed: 17 May 2017]