# how to cite an unpublished thesis?

How to cite an unpublished thesis (I have not passed my PhD exam yet; so my thesis has not been published yet)?

In BibTex, I tried:

@phdthesis{r2014,
author = {... ...},
title = {...},
school = {...},
year = {2014}
%note = {unpublished thesis}
}


however, the last entry is just a "note" and "unpublished" does not show up in the citation output.

On the other hand, if I use @unpublished rather than @phdthesis, the output does not show anything about this work being a phd thesis. any ideas?

• What do you mean 'unpublished thesis'? – Joseph Wright May 27 '14 at 18:30
• My guess is that the note doesn't show up because you have commented it out with %? – Sverre May 27 '14 at 18:43
• Which bibliography style do you use? If you use the @misc entry type, you could put the "unpublished thesis" bit -- or should that maybe be "to be published thesis" or "Ph.D. thesis, fortcoming" -- in the note field. – Mico May 27 '14 at 18:59
• I often just include this information in the year field. year="2014, to be published", or similar. – cslstr May 27 '14 at 19:45
• The correct format in Chicago style is as follows for a bibliography: Lastname, First. "Title." PhD dissertation, University of X. 2014. – musarithmia Jan 10 '15 at 1:30

I would say this depends on your bibliographic style and personal taste.

Using biblatex and the default style, you can get (code below):

On the other hand, if I use @unpublished rather than @phdthesis, the output does not show anything about this work being a phd thesis. any ideas?

There is something else : the school is not printed, so you have to tweak to add it (as a note, or something else).

Personally, I would definitely choose the @phdthesis for

• This is what this document is,
• It will be easier to update your bib file, as you will just have to comment the unpublished.
• It reflects the fact that this document is "scholar".

Code :

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[backend=bibtex]{biblatex}
\RequirePackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents*}{bib.bib}
@phdthesis{mephd2014,
author={Myself, Roberto},
title={A great memoir},
school={UCXDX},
year={2014},
note={unpublished thesis}
}
@phdthesis{mepdh2014bis,
author={Myself, Roberto},
title={A great memoir},
school={UCXDX},
year={2014},
}
@unpublished{meunpub2014,
author={Myself, Roberto},
title={A great memoir},
school={UCXDX},
year={2014},
note={unpublished thesis}
}
@unpublished{meunpub2014bis,
author={Myself, Roberto},
title={A great memoir},
school={UCXDX},
year={2014},