Learn English – Plagiarism: How to cite the citation of your source?


I am being prosecuted by my school for plagiarism. However, I had no idea I was plagiarizing. They claim I incorrectly cited my source. But I beg to differ.

Generally, how does one cite a source's quote that is cited elsewhere in said source?

The example for which I am subject to prosecution:
Talking about the negative effects of pornography, I found the article “7 Negative Effects of Porn”. In this article, I found the following quote:

As men fall deeper into the mental habit of fixating on [pornographic images], the exposure to them creates neural pathways. Like a path is created in the woods with each successive hiker, so do the neural paths set the course for the next time an erotic image is viewed. Over time these neural paths become wider as they are repeatedly traveled with each exposure to pornography. They become the automatic pathway through which interactions with women are routed

In the article above, the author cites this specific quote as (Wired For Intimacy, 85). So, as that does not belong to the author of the article, that is how I cited that quote in my project.

If anyone has insight into this exceedingly peculiar and special case, please share. I am really looking for some clarity.

Best Answer

If you find material in document A that quotes document B, you must reference both documents in your cites.

The rationale for this is that selecting what's important and relevant is work and you must give credit for that work.

From the Yale College Writing Centre:

If the source you’re reading quotes another text, and you want to use that quoted material in your own essay, you must give credit to the author who originally selected the quotation.

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