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.
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