2 added 17 characters in body edited Nov 8 '16 at 16:43 einpoklum 26.8k22 gold badges4646 silver badges150150 bronze badges While I generally agree this would be plagiarism, in some circumstances it would not - and not only in the allusion case (see @JonathanHayward 's answer). Specifically, if you believe and have the author's concurrence that part of the article is folklore, or should not be considered an integral part of the article somehow and not really attributed to the author, then it's possible you're not committing plagiarism. But you really should: Apply common sense, whilebut Always erringerr on the side of caution = the side of citation Note also that you can make a qualified citation, e.g. ``````\footnote{This is discussed in Prof's John Smith's monograph on the Frobincation of Bars \cite{JSFrob}, but blah blah blah}. `````` While I generally agree this would be plagiarism, in some circumstances it would not - and not only in the allusion case (see @JonathanHayward 's answer). Specifically, if you believe and have the author's concurrence that part of the article is folklore, or should not be considered an integral part of the article somehow and not really attributed to the author, then it's possible you're not committing plagiarism. But you really should: Apply common sense, while Always erring on the side of citation Note also that you can make a qualified citation, e.g. ``````\footnote{This is discussed in Prof's John Smith's monograph on the Frobincation of Bars \cite{JSFrob}, but blah blah blah}. `````` While I generally agree this would be plagiarism, in some circumstances it would not - and not only in the allusion case (see @JonathanHayward 's answer). Specifically, if you believe and have the author's concurrence that part of the article is folklore, or should not be considered an integral part of the article somehow and not really attributed to the author, then it's possible you're not committing plagiarism. But you really should: Apply common sense, but Always err on the side of caution = the side of citation Note also that you can make a qualified citation, e.g. ``````\footnote{This is discussed in Prof's John Smith's monograph on the Frobincation of Bars \cite{JSFrob}, but blah blah blah}. `````` 1 answered Nov 8 '16 at 12:53 einpoklum 26.8k22 gold badges4646 silver badges150150 bronze badges While I generally agree this would be plagiarism, in some circumstances it would not - and not only in the allusion case (see @JonathanHayward 's answer). Specifically, if you believe and have the author's concurrence that part of the article is folklore, or should not be considered an integral part of the article somehow and not really attributed to the author, then it's possible you're not committing plagiarism. But you really should: Apply common sense, while Always erring on the side of citation Note also that you can make a qualified citation, e.g. ``````\footnote{This is discussed in Prof's John Smith's monograph on the Frobincation of Bars \cite{JSFrob}, but blah blah blah}. ``````