Citing Sources & Avoiding Plagiarism

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Martina to Miguel: “Miguel, I’m in the middle of writing my W131 paper on how women’s viewership affects TV programming, and I found this great quotation to support my argument: that in 1987, “women were ‘seizing control of prime time.’” The problem I’m having, though, is that most of the quotation, which I found in an article by Susan Faludi, is a quotation from another article in Newsweek.

Miguel: You mean Faludi is quoting another article, right?

Martina: Yeah, she’s quoting some guy named Harry F. Waters who wrote an article for Newsweek and said that they were “seizing control of prime time.” How do I cite this? Do I just quote Faludi, or do I have to go look up the Newsweek article itself to cite it directly?


What should Miguel's response be?

A Martina, if you want to use a source that is quoting someone else, you’ve got to go look up the original citation and put that one in your works cited.

B Martina, you’re not supposed to quote someone quoting another person; attribute the words to Faludi and use the standard article citation format.

C Martina, you can use a quotation within a quotation in your paper, but you have to indicate and cite it so that your reader knows.

D Martina, you’re being too picky. If you’ve got Faludi cited, your covered; whether or not she’s quoting someone else isn’t important.



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