The book which the quote is from is also being cited throughout the thesis, so naturally it is included in the bibliography.

What should the citation look like? Should it be consistent with the citation style used in the text, or is including the full title favorable?

  • Just a quick opinion to inject here, if the quote that you are using is from a source related to the field (e.g. quoting Isaac Newton in a physics thesis) then go ahead. If quoting from outside the discipline to "spice it up" I would suggest rethinking it or at least first discussing with your advisor. Sure, maybe Michael Corleone said something witty in the Godfather part II, but that doesn't necessarily mean it belongs in your dissertation.
    – MadPink
    Sep 17, 2014 at 14:01

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I would not cite the quote differently than any other reference in your thesis. So which ever format your discipline uses (APA, MLA etc...) would be what you would use.


I upvoted Greg's answer, because that is what I would do, if for some reason I could not ask the relevant authorities.

Your first step should be to get a copy of the thesis formatting guide or manual of your institution. Most universities have one.

Your second step, if this guide does not answer your question, should be to ask the examination authority of your institution.

Your third step, if the examination authority is unable or unwilling to provide a definite answer, should be to ask your professor(s).

If, for some unimaginable reason, you still have not been given an answer, do as Greg said.

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