The UVic Writer's Guide

Quoting A Quotation In Another Work
(Citation At Second Hand)

Often you will find an interesting passage from a primary source quoted in a secondary source--a critic quoting a passage from an earlier writer, for example.

Where possible, it is best to find the original work and to quote from it, but sometimes this is impossible, if, for example, the quoted material is not in the Library. In this case, you should indicate that you were unable to consult the original: the text should make clear what the original source is, and the citation should read

(qtd. in Hawkins 29).

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