Q. Secondary Sources Citation or, a quote within a quote


Patrick:  This is a question that comes up often.  It’s one of those nuances of APA that can be tricky.

Let’s say you’re reading your textbook and you come to a section where the textbook quotes a source.  You want to put that part in your paper, including what that other source says.  How do you cite a source that cites another source?  Would you double quote?

This is an example of a secondary source citation.  If you are reading your textbook by Larry, Moe & Curly who then quote Abbott and Costello, but you have not read Abbott and Costello's work, only your textbook – the Larry, Moe & Curly- would appear in your reference list.

An in-text quotation should like this:

Abbott and Costello (as cited by Larry, Moe, & Curly, 1998) did not approve of the growing trend of using profanity in comedy.

Be sure to check out the APA Help guide for more information on citation and formatting.

Please let us know if we can provide any clarification or further assistance.

  • Last Updated Aug 17, 2018
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  • Answered By Patrick Mullane

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