Answered By: Iris Carroll
Last Updated: Jun 29, 2016     Views: 3

A source within a secondary source is acceptable and are often referred to as "indirect sources".  Whenever possible cite from the original source.  If what you quote or paraphrase is itself a quotation, use the abbreviation qtd. in (quoted in) before the indirect source within the parenthetical reference.  See MLA Handbook, 7th Ed. section 6.4.7 for example.

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