Answered By: MaryAlice Wade
Last Updated: Apr 29, 2020     Views: 50

Quoting from the Purdue OWL APA site:

"Give the secondary source in the references list; in the text, name the original work, and give a citation for the secondary source. For example, if Seidenberg and McClelland's work is cited in Coltheart et al. and you did not read the original work [by Seidenberg & McClelland], list the Coltheart et al. reference in the References. In the text, use the following citation:

In Seidenberg and McClelland's study (as cited in Coltheart, Curtis, Atkins, & Haller, 1993), ..."

In your list of references at the end of your paper, give the reference for Coltheart, but not for Seidenberg.

NOTE: The APA Manual, 7th ed. (2020) states "Cite secondary sources sparingly--for instance, when the original work is out of print, unavailable, or available only in a language you do not understand.  If possible, as a matter of good scholarly practice, find the primary source, read it and cite it directly rather than citing a secondary source" (p. 258).


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