As title above.

This thesis is only available at the author's blog, though it is indeed a formal Master thesis. If I can cite it, how may I fill in all the blanks?

My concern is even if I cite it, the readers may be still unable to find it, if it is somewhat removed from his blog.

  • In addition to the previous answer I would like to mention that there are two types of works: 1. Internationally reviewed 2. Locally Reviewed And Master thesis falls into second category. And it can be cited as shown in example above. Oct 29, 2013 at 11:36
  • Sitenote: biblatex has the type "unpublished" for this job... Oct 22, 2015 at 19:25

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Just because it's not published doesn't preclude being able to cite it. You can't not cite the thesis if you're taking information from it!

The degree-granting institution should perpetually retain copies in its library, and most universities these days store PDF copies as well. A copy may be harder to track down, but a determined reader should have no enormous difficulty in getting a copy of the thesis.


Smith B. (2013), General Relativity, MSc thesis, University of Cambridge, UK.

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    +1. Citing unpublished theses/dissertations is quite common. It is vital that you include the university to which the thesis was submitted, since that will be the place to look for obtaining a copy. Also you can potentially include in the citation something like "also available at http://www.theauthor.com/mythesis.pdf".
    – BrenBarn
    Oct 28, 2013 at 5:26

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