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APA 6 - when you "cite" a citation used in an article you have in your hand, what is the appropriate format?

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I have seen "according to" and "cited by" - just want to know what is correct. Could not find in manual. If you know which page, I will be glad to look further. Thank you, in advance, for your assistance.

Answered By: Linda Kern
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016     Views: 123

Good question! APA addresses this on p. 178 of the Manual, under Secondary Sources. As you know, you cite the article you have in hand.

Suppose you are reading an article written by Jones. In the article Jones cites the work of Smith. You really need to include Smith's work in your paper, but you can't get your hands on Smith's original article. The correct format for the in-text citation is: Smith (as cited in Jones, 2005) found that 99.3% of children surveyed prefer snow days to school days.

The reference entry would be for Jones.

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