Chicago citation format for a published dissertation:
3. Unpublished doctoral dissertation (i.e., doesn't appear in DAI).
His soon-to-be published dissertation sought to bridge that gap by using focus groups, individual interviews, and participant observation to understand what happens at the neighborhood level that drives homicide. As he explained, “After 16 years as a community organizer and community developer in the Hollygrove neighborhood, I parlayed my relationships from the Mayor’s Office to neighborhood residents to uncover the conditions that give rise to high homicide rates in high-homicide communities like Hollygrove. Special attention is given to the great work of Hollygrove residents to reduce the number of murders in their community between 2012 and 2015.”
The Difference Between a Published & Unpublished Dissertation
I have received many letters, comments and nominations resulting from this column. I suggested in the column that a great dissertation should be one that had impact on the field and I adopted (rather arbitrarily) the criterion that a published dissertation should be cited over two hundred times to be considered a classic dissertation. After receiving objections from many, I backed off on this criterion. For purposes of this column and the list that accompanies it, I used the criterion of 100 citations (and yes, that is arbitrary, too). Citations measure impact of an article on the field, but of course other definitions are possible. Perhaps the dissertation won an award. Many universities give awards for “best dissertation” and some APA divisions offer such awards, as do other organizations. These dissertations may be quite deserving, but an award-winning dissertation may never even be published and therefore never make much of any impact on the field. (“Famous unpublished doctoral dissertations” is not quite an oxymoron, but would have to be the topic of another column.) Dissertations that were published and that were widely cited did, by definition, make an impact on the intellectual field to which they belong.
Claytor was a brilliant student. He enrolled at Penn in the 1930-31 academic year, won a Harrison Scholarship in Mathematics in his second year, and took the most prestigious award offered at Penn at that time, a Harrison Fellowship in Mathematics, in his third and final year of graduate studies. Claytor's dissertation delighted the Penn faculty, for it provided a significant advance in the theory of Peano continua - a branch of point-set topology in which Kline was an expert. On Wednesday, 21 June 1933, Penn conferred its PhD on Claytor, who thereby became the third African American in the nation to earn the degree in mathematics. When Claytor published his dissertation, he had every reason to expect competing offers from America's leading research universities. But in that era of pervasive racial discrimination only a predominantly African American institution, West Virginia State College, welcomed him to its faculty.There are conflicting views regarding whether gray literature, including unpublished doctoral dissertations, should be included in systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Although publication status frequently is used as a proxy for study quality, some research suggests that dissertations are often of superior quality to published studies.