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Just citing what they cite [duplicate]

I’m not a professional academician by any means. I’m just a medical student trying to write a paper in my spare time. I don’t have an excellent grasp of the literature in this field. A lot of the ...
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Do you need to read a whole article before citing it?

During writing my academic paper, I need to cite a definition in a scientific paper. The other part of the paper, is irrelevant to my work. I have been advised that if you will cite a paper, you ...
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When you reference an article, is it always expected that you have actually read it?

Naturally I would say "of course", but my current situation makes me doubt. In my paper I'm briefly covering various alternative cryptographic constructions. I am (of course) familiar with all of ...
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How much can you trust a reference of a paper that is not available

It recently occurred to me that probably more often than it should happen, while reading someones paper, they see a reference to a different paper, and just use the reference without looking. In my ...
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How much trust are you supposed to give a peer-reviewed article?

When something is peer reviewed, how much trust are the reviewers saying you should give it? I'm not talking about whether peer review works, I'm asking what peer review means ideally. For example, ...
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When writing the paper about completed experiments, should you cite work you hadn't read before?

I (try to) do research in Computer Science/Deep Learning. I recently did some work developing a novel idea and am writing a paper on it. I have only written one paper before, and I'm currently being ...
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Citing a Work that Cites a Personal Communication

I'm interested in knowing if/how to properly cite a personal communication within a reference and if credit should be given to the primary source (the personal communication), the secondary source (...
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How to cite an ISO standard where I can only get access to the drafts?

I am writing my bachelor thesis and want to cite the ISO C++ standard. However I am unable to get my hands on a copy of the standard, since the library does not have a physical or digital copy. I do ...
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How to cite a thesis/paper when it's not available online?

In a published research paper, the author has cited a thesis/paper, which is not available online. The question is, when I'm writing my paper and I need to cite the corresponding unavailable paper/...
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Citing Ramanujan's notebooks

I am citing a specific entry in Ramanujan's Notebooks and have a question: should I cite Berndt (the author of the aforementioned text) and Ramanujan directly (to each their own citation) even though ...