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Harvard referencing a PhD thesis and referring to my Appendix

I am writing my undergrad dissertation and as my area is quite niche, I have struggled to find similar research articles. I have however found a PhD thesis on a similar topic. Within this thesis, there is an article written by multiple authors. It stated it was submitted to a journal however I could not find it. I am therefore struggling as to How I should reference this? Should I just reference the PhD as a whole?

I also was wondering in terms of my write up if, when I am referring to my appendix in text, I should state (Appendix A) or (see Appendix A)?

Thanks!
Reply 1
I would avoid including a thesis in your refs - but if you do, you must identify it as a thesis,there will be a Harvard conventeion for this.
You are talking about using it the cited in convention but if the marker decided to check it out and couldn't find it either, this would be a problem.
What is the article you are referring to?

If you are referring to an Appendix

if you ware making a point and want the assessor to see a fuller set of raw data, you can say (see Appendix X)

If you are quoting from an appendix you will say "blah blah blah" (Appendix X, Section/Line X). make sure any quoted sections are annoted for ease of access.

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Reply 2
Original post by cheadle
I would avoid including a thesis in your refs - but if you do, you must identify it as a thesis,there will be a Harvard conventeion for this.
You are talking about using it the cited in convention but if the marker decided to check it out and couldn't find it either, this would be a problem.
What is the article you are referring to?
If you are referring to an Appendix

if you ware making a point and want the assessor to see a fuller set of raw data, you can say (see Appendix X)

If you are quoting from an appendix you will say "blah blah blah" (Appendix X, Section/Line X). make sure any quoted sections are annoted for ease of access.


the thesis is "In silico approaches to design multi-epitope
vaccines and uncover potential drug targets
against Corynebacterium diphtheriae and
Clostridioides difficile" by Mariana Passos Santana

On page 65 there is a paper "Design of a broad-spectrum candidate multi-epitope vaccine against Diphtheria: An interagive immunoinformatics approach" by MARIANA SANTANA¹; STEPHANE TOSTA2; RODRIGO KATO2; ARUN KUMAR JAISWAL; SIOMAR C. SOARES3; LUIZ CARLOS JUNIOR ALCANTARA4; PREETAM GHOSH6; DEBMALYA BARH5 , VASCO AZEVEDO2; ANDERSON MIYOSHI¹; SANDEEP TIWARI2.

It mentions that "The paper was submitted to the Journal ‘Vaccines’ in the special issue ‘Omics and Bioinformatics Approaches to Identify Novel Antigens for Vaccine Investigation and Development’ under the identification: Vaccines-589302".

I therefore don't know how to cite this, as if I just reference the PhD thesis I would be solely naming the PhD candidate, rather than the long list of people who helped write the article
Reply 3
I searched for it on Google Scholar but no luck - the thing to remember here is that the refeencing on the PhD may be faulty.

I found the Vaccines journal https://www.mdpi.com/journal/vaccines/special_issues/Omics_Bioinformatics#published
but the article isn't listed there, as you no doubt have already discovered.
It may have been submitted but not published, if you know what I mean.

This was the closest I would find.

Tosta, S. F. de O. et al. (2021) ‘Multi-epitope based vaccine against yellow fever virus applying immunoinformatics approaches’, Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics, 39(1), pp. 219–235. doi: 10.1080/07391102.2019.1707120.

I would honestly be really careful with this as you will be examined by specialists in the fieldand t's the sort of thing they might pick up on which would not look good.

The thesis may not be accurate, so while you might cite the thesis correctly, it would show that you hadn't followed through. I would fnd an alternative genuine reference if you can.
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