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I understand the basic rule that I should always put original sentence in the quotation mark and give a reference to the source. However, what if I dedicate the whole section to the summary of somebody else's work?

The section will looks like this by strictly abiding the rule:

John proposed a solution to this problem in 2008 (John, 2008). To solve this problem, he introduced an approach based on "bla bla bla" (John, 2008). The basic idea is that he developed a four-stage process to address the problem: Stage1, Stage2, Stage3, Stage4 (John, 2008).

Stage1 is "bla bla bla...." (John, 2008), which is important in the whole approach.

Stage2 is "bla bla bla....", in which "bla bla bla" (John, 2008). ... ...

So is there an elegant way to write it?

  • While the linked question only mentions two sentences, the answer ("write the whole section so it is clear it belongs together to the cited work") is more general and applies equally to your situation. (You're already mostly doing this...) – ff524 Jan 5 '15 at 21:29
  • Thanks Enthusiastic Student and ff524 for pointing out the duplicate! – Jhz832 Jan 5 '15 at 23:07
  • Also see rasmussen.libanswers.com/faq/32328 which is mentioned in a comment on the duplicate post. – ff524 Jan 5 '15 at 23:09
  • Thansk @ff524. So the rule is not strictly syntactically sentence by sentence. The principle is that every sentence should have a clear indication if it's from an external source. – Jhz832 Jan 6 '15 at 1:01
  • That's my understanding. But feel free to comment on the answer in the duplicate question, if you'd like to request clarification from the person who wrote it. – ff524 Jan 6 '15 at 1:02

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