Answered By: Amanda Kalish
Last Updated: Jan 02, 2015     Views: 65

Though it is possible to cite a quote within a quote, be sure to use these secondary sources sparingly.  For instance, you might choose to use a secondary source when the original work is out of print, unavailable through usual sources, or not available in English.  Whenever possible though, it is best to track down and analyze the original source from where the quote originated.  If you do decide to cite a secondary source, however, here’s how you do so.

Give the secondary source in the reference list; in text, name the original work and give a citation for the secondary source.  (APA 6.17) For example, let’s say you read a 2013 article by Smith and Jones that cites an earlier article by Doe and you want to cite Doe’s article even though you’ve never actually read the Doe article itself.  In the Reference List only cite the article by Smith and Jones, not the one by Doe.  However, in the in-text citation give credit to Doe and show the source in which you found Doe’s article by adding the words “as cited in” to show that you have quoted a secondary source, rather than the original.  For example:

Doe’s study (as cited in Smith & Jones, 2013) found that...

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