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Nielsen Library Help Center: Can I quote someone that another author quotes?

Can I quote someone that another author quotes?

You can, but it’s not good practice. It’s best to find the original article and quote directly from there.

For example, if you see a study you want to quote in a paper by Darbo:
The same genes are repeatedly implicated in intellectual disability (ID) [1],

You should find and reference the original article that is identified by the [1]. In this case, the article is Genome sequencing identifies major causes of severe intellectual disability. You can find the article by searching for the title using the library search.

Need someone to check your in-text citations? Visit the Writing Studio in McDaniel Hall 220.

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