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A group of words taken from a text or speech and repeated by someone other than the original author or speaker.

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APA: Citing a term in quotation marks that is not a secondary source (i.e. quotation marks are used by author for emphasis)

The source I would like to cite introduces a new concept, and when doing so, the term used to describe this concept is written in quotation marks – however these quotation marks are used for emphasis ...
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Replacing academic "we" in direct quote

I have a direct quote in my academic work that is from another academic work. It's something like "We can analyze the execution time as follows." I had a reviewer say that, since it's now ...
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SHA-256 research paper and referencing FIPS

I've posted this first one the Cryptography SE but was advised to move it here due to the very nature of the question. Anyway, for my college thesis I've decided to do a full stack project on SHA-256. ...
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How should I quote a translation that includes brackets from the translator?

I would like to use a quotation of a translation. However the translation contains bracketed material inserted by the translator (a gloss?). What should I do with the bracketed material since brackets ...
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Secondary citation with APA 7th - Does one have to adpot the quotation style?

Let's say an author A doesn't use APA 7th and quotes an author B. I cannot access author B's publication and therefore use a secondary quote. Do I then need to adpot the quotation style of author A ...
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When citing from a foreign language and inluding a translation - what is correct?

Which version is correct (using APA7)?: "Die Sonne ist hell. [The sun is bright]" (Müller, 2010, S. 1) "Die Sonne ist hell." [The sun is bright] (Müller, 2010, S. 1) So - ...
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Chicago citation of quote in quote

In my paper, I am quoting a sentence which involves a quote from another paper. I am using Chicago style notes and bibliography. How should I do this? See the example below: Hoffman concludes, “...
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what is the deep meaning of this quote by Grothendieck? [closed]

what is the deep meaning of this quote ? "A good mathematician always soaks his nuts while trying to solve a problem." by Grothendieck Reference:https://mathoverflow.net/questions/5499/which-...
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Direct quotation vs indirect quotation

I submitted a manuscript to IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, which is a journal for computer science applications and automotive/mechanical engineering. A reviewer of my ...
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Copyrights on epigrams in a commercial publication of academic work [closed]

An acquaintance of mine - let's call him Robert - is having a book published based on his academic research. The book targets the general public, and the publication is commercial, albeit with a ...
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Can I mix & match languages, as it were?

Even though most of my papers are in German, not in English, there is always quite a lot of material and references in English, too. (My target audience is expected to speak it somewhat fluently, too.)...
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How to cite a spoken quote?

I have a quote spoken by a person in an interview, how do I cite it? Chinua Achebe, the prominent Nigerian novelist and essayist who died on Thursday, said in a 1994 interview with the Paris Review, &...
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How are suitable epigraphs in books found? [closed]

Sometimes we see some scientific books (for example in the fields of computer science, game theory, ...) start their chapters (mostly the first chapter) with epigraphs from famous people, movies, an ...
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Is there an unwritten rule against quoting literally in some fields?

During most of an aspiring academic's schooling one (at least in my experience) is repeatedly told that quoting/reproducing other works is fine, if given credit. As long as you cite your sources, all ...
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Can I quote books and articles I found online in my Master's thesis?

During lockdown I found some books/articles online for my thesis. Am I allowed to quote them or is it unprofessional? Should I find a paper edition and quote that instead?
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Citing an URL using the Waybackmachine (web.archive.org)

I would like to quote the following quotation correctly: Information is the oil of the 21st century and analytics is the internal combustion engine. In other papers I found out that this quote ...
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Is it ok to quote a line from a fantasy book in a scientific paper?

I am writing a scientific pre-print and I found a widely known quote from Tolkien that would be very relevant to my introduction, is it appropriate to include it or would it sound unprofessional?
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Citing a secondary (indirect) quotation in the epigraph

In my thesis I want to use the following quotation in the epigraph of a chapter: It is very difficult to predict — especially the future. There are many variations of this quote, and the ...
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I changed a word from a source, how do I cite it correctly?

I'm writing an analytical summary on Meditation II of Descartes from the compendium we have been given at school. We have been told to use this as our main source. Nevertheless, there is this specific ...
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Do I have to cite common CS algorithms?

I'm working on my final thesis for a CS grade course and I want to use a common sorting algorithm (quicksort for the curious ones). Do I need to include a reference to this algorithm (cite or quote)? ...
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Can you add nouns/adjectives/articles in a direct quotation in Chicago MoS keeping the message intact?

I need to quote something from an author. ... during an economic downturn, it is no easier to find a job in a region with lower prevailing unemployment than in one with a higher unemployment rate. ...
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How to cite a paragraph that is copy and pasted from another source? [duplicate]

I’m writing the master thesis, and I’d like to know if the following text would be appropriate or not. Consider the middle paragraph is copy-pasted from the source https://www.lipsum.com/ In this ...
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What is the IEEE style for a translated quotation?

I am writing my thesis in french but most of the references I have are in english. Sometimes, I would like to incorporate a direct quotation into a sentence but since my text is in another language, ...
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How to cite primary source first found in secondary source?

I have the following situation (I am in the humanities): I am writing a paper. In that paper, I several times cite a particular scholar's book. Now, in that book, this scholar cites (not quotes) a ...
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Quoting Keynes in a lecture

I am teaching mathematical statistics and part of this is large sample theory. I would like to discuss some methods that do not focus on asymptotics and refer to J. M. Keynes quote In the long run, ...
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How to indicate obscurity in a translated quotation?

I'm writing a historical work about a German philosopher, in which I use some of his unpublished notes. One quotation contains an almost untranslatable, hardly intelligible expression - it's not ...
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Leave quotations in original (bad) English or edit?

I am editing a thesis and the writer has quoted from many interviews with non-native English speakers. I'm wondering whether it is correct practice to leave the quotations as is, or perhaps use (sic), ...
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When writing a literature review, more specifically writing a summary for a source, is the use of quotes frowned upon versus paraphrasing?

Whereas I normally paraphrase information when I use a source for my literature review, I occasionally insert quotes (not to emphasize the information within the quote). All the reviews I've looked at ...
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Should I say/write the n-word in a quote?

I'm quoting a book (To Kill A Mockingbird) and using a quote where the n-word is used. Later I'm going to have to read that out loud while my teacher also has a copy. Should I censor the word when ...
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When quoting books, ought pages be separated as they are on paper?

I agree with this user that reproducing page breaks make quotes less readable, but I prefer authenticity for whenever I cross-reference the book with the quote: is my preference usual? Are there any ...
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How to quote bulleted lists using IEEE style?

I found two very useful bulleted lists in my sources and I want to quote them directly in my thesis. For example: Sentence 1 Sentence 2 Sentence 3 Sentence 4 Nevertheless I only ...
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Should I Quote Scholars (Dead or Alive) in Past or Present Tense?

In a research paper, when quoting previous literature on a given topic, should the scholar and position quoted be presented in past tense? (i.e. Johns suggested ...) Or should it be simple present ...
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What is a source for Richard Riley's famous quote about preparing students for the future?

A famous quote by Richard Riley, former US Secretary of Education, is as follows: We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist, using technologies that haven’t been invented, ...
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Do I need to cite the source of a famous quote in my thesis?

I'm writing part of my Computer Science PhD and I'd like to know whether it is generally acceptable to have a reference to a famous quotation by a famous person without citing a source. For example, ...
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Quoting a typo: Do I really have to do "sic", or can I just fix the sentence?

I've got an upcoming work in which I quote a couple sentences from a scholar's book. There's an unambiguous typo in it; the author just switched a few words around. Do I really have to quote him ...
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How to quote in the title of a thesis in APA style?

I am writing my bachelor thesis (in psychology) and I am planning to use a quote from the series Game of Thrones as my title. More specifically, my title is: ‘The lone wolf dies but the pack ...
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Is it plagiarism if I don't mention where I found a quotation originally?

Say author A writes on Topic B and in this context uses quotation C which is not from the same field and appears highly original in Topic B. I then read this article, and I am myself writing on Topic ...
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Showing demand for my research - referencing forums

I want to show that there is demand for my research. There are lots of comments on the internet, e.g. on forums, from people seeking the answers my research will provide. How do I quote these ...
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Obligation to quote an unpublished source if I am the source?

Let’s say that, during my undergraduate studies, I have written an essay on some subject. It was a seminar paper, which never got published anywhere. Now, while writing my master’s thesis, I find ...
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Text-box quotation

I am a second author on a paper with two other researchers, and something has made me very uncomfortable. In the article in question, we are referring to a model which we use to produce our analyses. ...
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Quote on testing, checking, and verification [closed]

I'm in the habit of putting a motivating quote on the top of each of my syllabi. For my introductory programming course, I'd like to focus the class on the theme of testing and verification. Of course,...
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Listing in reference section, but not quoting

Can we list papers/Journals in reference section, but do not quote them in thesis. It may happen that I read some papers which are close to my area of work, but I may not use any idea from that paper. ...
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How to cite this quote "The whole is other than the sum of its parts" in an article

I am preparing the draft of a scientific article which greatly benefits from the well known quote: "The whole is other than the sum of its parts" However, I am unable to find the correct citation ...
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Quotation/reference manager for print books

What is an effective and efficient system for storing quotes and notes from print books to be retrieved later? When we read books and articles in electronic format there are easy ways to mark quotes ...
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MLA convention for words and phrases used as words?

I am using MLA format and am lost for an equivalent to what the Chicago Manual of Style describes as "words and phrases used as words". In my entire paper, I have chosen to put quotation marks in the ...
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How to handle swear words in quote / transcription?

In my research, I interview practitioners/real users. One of them, a native english speaker, used a lot a swear words (basically the f-word). Question: how to deal with curse words in content you ...
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Use of verbatim quotes in reporting findings in qualitative research (semi-structured interviews)

In qualitative research (semi- structured interviews) do we have to use verbatim quotes in reporting the findings?
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Mysterious dashes in transcribed interviews for a dissertation

I'm editing a dissertation for APA style. I'm encountering a number of transcribed interviews that appear similar to the following: I'm very consis-...ah, -consistent...yeah. The ellipsis issues ...
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Citing a passage which includes added words by the translator?

I have the translation of a work in front of me and want to quote it. The translation reads: "This is the right decision, and yet it is the wrong [one]" The translator added the 'one' in brackets ...
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How to quote a definition from a paper which cites another paper for the definition

I have to write the definition for a term in my Paper. I find the best definition for the term in a particular paper, say paper1. I would like to quote the definition as it is in my paper. I believe ...
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