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How do I cite a source that uses another source within?

Asked by JonnyCeltics (2721points) December 2nd, 2010

For example, if I am reading a text on Post-modernism by Author X, and Author X quotes Author Y within the text, and I want to quote the section from Author Y without wanting to find the source text (Author Y’s), how would I do that (MLA or Chicago, or really wharves, just in general)? Would I even need to quote Author Y?

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heresjohnny's avatar

I’m not sure about MLA or Chicago style, but at least in APA you would say “Author Y as cited in Author X (year)”.

everephebe's avatar

Be careful when quoting large sections for any sort of academic paper, some professors prefer “brevity”.

JonnyCeltics's avatar

@everephebe not talking long quotes here, just even a short blip.

Seelix's avatar

Smith, John. In Michael Jones, Frankie Goes to the Grocery Store. City: Publisher, 1990, pp. 1–4.

Foolaholic's avatar

I would have to see the context, but as long as author X is properly citing author Y in his work, then you should be able to simply cite author X in your in-text and bibliography cites. If there’s a quote from author Y in your quote from author X, then simply reduce author Y’s quote to single quotes, and frame the entirety of the section from author X in double quotes.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

For Chicago, you cite the source you read, not the original source, since technically you didn’t read the original source but something with the original sources work. For example, one of my books Spartacus and the Slave Wars has the documents relating to it, written by (among others) Cissero. However, I’m not actually reading all that Cissero wrote, I’m reading Brad Shaw’s translation of a portion of what Cissero wrote. If that makes any sense.

YARNLADY's avatar

I usually say ‘per so and so as quoted in blank’

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