So, if I have three paragraphs, inspired and even having copied sections from the same source, do I add citation at the end of each paragraph or at the end of the third or where else?

  • is it a consecutive sequence of three paragraphs that you're quoting ? are you quoting them in the same place ?
    – Suresh
    Jun 2, 2014 at 10:08
  • yes, the paragraphs are one after the other and the two sources are used for all of them... Jun 2, 2014 at 10:10
  • actually there is one source... the second is also inspired from the first Jun 2, 2014 at 11:29
  • Related: academia.stackexchange.com/q/8804/2692
    – earthling
    Jun 2, 2014 at 14:09

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When you have such a substantial chunk of information attributable to one source it can be useful to start the text by simply declaring the source. This can be done in the following way (exact formulation can of course be changed; I chose Harvard style referencing as an example):

The following [x] paragraphs follow Name (yyyy) unless stated otherwise.

The formulation can be changed to better blend in with the text by adding details about what the information is about or why this source is good or should be repeated, or both. The "unless stated otherwise" can be omitted if you have no need to add other references in these paragraphs; I added it for completeness.

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