Answered By: Leecy Barnett
Last Updated: Jun 14, 2016     Views: 133

The APA Style Blog says:

In your reference list, provide a reference for the source you read. This is known as the secondary source because it is one step removed from the original source of the idea or quotation. In your text, name the original work and provide the citation for the secondary source.

Let’s look at an example:

In his e-mails, Smith argued that asynchronous line dancing would be the next Internet meme (as cited in Jones, 2010).

Jones (2010) would be the reference you include in your reference list. Also, note that by mentioning the original format of the information (in this case a series of e-mail messages), you not only specify that this is a secondary source but also give the reader an indication of why that’s the case. Although it’s not a requirement, mentioning the original format answers this potential question for the reader so he or she can focus on the content!

In your case you could say something like this:

In their essay, The English Question, Kenny & Hayton state, "put your quote here" (Czerska 2012?).

To sight a chapter in a book see Books and Book Chapters: What to Cite

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