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Citing a secondary source refers to the situation where you have an article that is citing another author, and you want to cite what the other author said. For example, you have an article by Brown, who cited Smith, and you would like to cite what Smith said.
While there is a format for citing secondary sources, best practice is to first try to obtain the cited article and read it yourself. You should try to cite the second source directly.
Here are tips for that process:
- Find the full citation in the reference list, and use Journal and Book Locator to check if it is available in our library. You can find instructions for using this tool in the Journal and Book Locator Library Guide.
- If it's not available, and you don't need it right away, you can request the item through Interlibrary Loan and we will check to see if it is available from another library. You can find additional information in the Interlibrary Loan Guide.
If the item is not available, page 178 in the APA 6th Edition Publication Manual has an example of how to cite secondary sources. The APA Style web site also has an example online in their FAQs.