In text citation in APA style


How to in cite work from secondary source?

asked Oct 03 '12 at 02:41 taran New member

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For secondary sources – perhaps you are citing a work to which you do not have direct access referenced by a third party – you should reference both works in your in-text citation. This applies to both APA 5th and 6th.


For instance, when the original work is a 1995 study by Smith cited in a 2002 work by Brown and Jones, you write:


A study on something (Smith, 1995 as cited in Brown & Jones, 2002).

Smith's study on something (1995 as cited in Brown & Jones, 2002).

Smith's 1995 study on something (as cited in Brown & Jones, 2002).


In your reference list, you should reference the secondary source (Brown & Jones, 2002).

link comment answered Oct 03 '12 at 06:33 Peter Guess Expert

There are many ways to cite secondary sources in APA style. But they are pretty complex itself. I have always used some sort of tool to cite my work. They are easy to use so it saves all the trouble. For example, I have recently used this apa citation generator which i find accurate. You can search for more as well, if you wish.

link comment answered Apr 21 at 15:16 juliamoran New member

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