The basics of a reference list entry for an unpublished thesis:
Author. The surname is followed by first initials.
Year (in round brackets).
Level of Thesis (in round brackets).
The first line of each citation is left adjusted. Every subsequent line is indented 5-7 spaces.
Example: Suwetwattanakul, C. (2010). Developing a knowledge sharing model for the implementation of the learning organization in Thailand (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.
A thesis can come in a number of formats, i.e. they can be published, unpublished or retrieved from a database.
The principles when referencing a thesis are similar to those employed when referencing a book.
The example above is for an unpublished thesis, examples for an online or a published thesis can be found below.
Suwetwattanakul, C. (2010). Developing a knowledge sharing model for the implementation of the learning organization in Thailand (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.
Maddigan, P. (2010). Women and career advancement: a case study in the Australian Federal Police (Unpublished master's thesis). Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.
[Don't repeat the city of location if it is part of the University's name.]
Binder, G. (2009). Corporate governance in Arab countries: Development of corporate governance in Arab and MENA countries. Vienna, Austria: University of Vienna.
Thesis: Institutional Repository
Barua, S. (2010). Drought assessment and forecasting using a nonlinear aggregated drought index (Doctoral dissertation, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia). Retrieved from http://vuir.vu.edu.au/1598
[Include the university and location for a non-U.S. online thesis.]
Thesis: Commercial database
McGahuey, C. A. (2009). Psychology as a valid science: An attitudinal survey (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 305152264)
Thesis: from the Web
Bruckman, A. (1997). MOOSE Crossing: Construction, community, and learning in a networked virtual world for kids (Doctoral dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Retrieved from http://www-static.cc.gatech.edu/~asb/thesis
[Location of the university is not included for a U.S. thesis.]