Citing a thesis or dissertation from a database. Structure: Last, F.M. (Date published). Title (Doctoral dissertation or master's thesis). Retrieved from database. In the text, use the following citation: Cite your source automatically in APA. Website, Book Title of dissertation (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Name of. Doctoral dissertation / master's thesis title: Investigating oral presentation Alternatively, you can integrate the citation into the sentence by means of narrative. List the name of the author. Reference American Psychological Association. Give the name of the author. Cige are kept on file at universities, so you want the name of the school where the dissertation was submitted. Co-Authored By:. Provide the author of the dissertation. Provide the year of publication.