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I found many papers that cover some of my topic of research very well.

Is it plagiarism (or frowned upon) if I used a lot of their citations in my own paper? I would cite the original paper but I may not say I retrieved such and such citation(s) from that paper. This is just for research (and I would certainly read the paper first before citing the relevant portions in my own paper).

  • Thanks, I knew a question existed but wasn't able to find it. I flagged my question – alexyorke Nov 22 '14 at 20:23
  • Finding a citation from another persons paper and then using the same citation is common. You should not just copy and paste their citation without bothering to look at the original source, or even check they cited it correctly – user-2147482637 Nov 22 '14 at 20:24
  • @user1938107: "Looking" and "checking" are not enough. You are supposed to read the things you cite. – Bob Brown Nov 23 '14 at 16:42
  • @BobBrown, yes agreed, looking at a paper would usually imply reading it, unless one gives a blank stare at words. – user-2147482637 Nov 23 '14 at 22:15
  • @user1938107: I've "looked at" a large number of papers that I haven't read in the sense of developing the understanding necessary to cite the paper. Often they were the ones that appeared hopeful from the abstract, but didn't really address whatever I was working on at the time. – Bob Brown Nov 23 '14 at 22:21

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