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Quoting a typo: Do I really have to do "sic", or can I just fix the sentence?

Academics are old-fashioned people who care about things like truth, facts, and accuracy. By making sure that everything you write between quotation marks is what the person you quote actually wrote (...
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Quoting a typo: Do I really have to do "sic", or can I just fix the sentence?

It is not particularly helpful to reproduce an obvious typo in a quote, but equally you should not deliberately mislead the reader about the original source. One solution to this is to correct the ...
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How to handle swear words in quote / transcription?

If you're quoting someone, quote them as they said it. We're all adults. In the literature world, we quote swear words and other potentially offensive things all the time and no one bats an eye. I've ...
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Quoting Keynes in a lecture

Opinion, of course, but I think it is fine. It is often quoted in fact. While your students probably still think of themselves as immortal, they almost certainly aren't. No one should really take ...
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Quoting a typo: Do I really have to do "sic", or can I just fix the sentence?

You don't have to [sic], but you do have to indicate where your quote deviates from the original. The normal way to do this is with square brackets, e.g. "He walk[ed] from the bedroom to the shore", ...
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How to indicate obscurity in a translated quotation?

After all, it's not what was actually written but my translation, so I feel like this isn't really an option. You seem to have unconsciously ruled out what I would consider the best option: leave the ...
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How to quote passage with literal error that changes the meaning?

If the purpose of quoting the text is to discuss the error, then quote the error. However, in this case, it seems that your purpose is to discuss the real situation. Quoting the error just makes ...
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Do I have to cite common CS algorithms?

Do I have to cite common CS algorithms? No. The fact that it was first published [in] 1961 isn't relevant, you needn't cite it because it is [widely] used and [well-]known by almost anyone in the ...
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How to handle swear words in quote / transcription?

In research, you should quote them verbatim. Editing, or censoring, swearing is wrongly representing your research subjects and is thus a form of scientific misconduct. If you need to edit the quote ...
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Quoting Keynes in a lecture

As a British person, I don't understand why you'd even consider that this quote might be inappropriate. If you feel that it's a good way to get your message across, there's no reason not to use it. ...
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How are suitable epigraphs in books found?

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read. ― Mark Twain Read a lot and remember. Write quotable quotes in a notebook if you feel you might be able to use them in the ...
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I changed a word from a source, how do I cite it correctly?

Write: [...] something extended, flexible and [mutable]. You might like to elaborate in a footnote, e.g., The compendium poorly translates original word as movable, but mutable is more ...
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I changed a word from a source, how do I cite it correctly?

I ended up adding a footnote to the page, with a numeric mark. In this, I referenced the source which explained why it makes more sense to change the words.
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Do I have to cite common CS algorithms?

If the specific use of the algorithm is important to the work, then you should cite what specifically you used or implemented, and also citing the broadest/oldest class of algorithms would be strictly ...
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How are suitable epigraphs in books found?

“By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote. In fact, it is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others as it is to invent.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson “I often quote myself. It adds ...
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Quoting Keynes in a lecture

Writers often talk about the need to "kill your darlings". This refers to the fact that it's often easy to become enamored with one's own clever ideas and turns of phrase, whether or not they actually ...
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How to indicate obscurity in a translated quotation?

In language-related papers, it is common to do all of these options: give the untranslated version give the literal translation give the semantically closest translation in English Of course it ...
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Quoting a typo: Do I really have to do "sic", or can I just fix the sentence?

A dissenting view from the other answers: Yes, it is fine to silently correct obvious typos that do not affect the subject matter. But only when you are 100% confident that they really are just ...
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How do I cite a translation of a classical author (greek philosopher) in my thesis

Seneca mainly wrote in Latin. Since you are not working in a field that is even remotely interested in Latin literature, but since this is probably an inspirational quote, you should not include it in ...
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How are suitable epigraphs in books found?

...conceal all art and make whatever is done or said appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it.-- Castiglione I guess people just know these quotes, because they read widely....
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Should I say/write the n-word in a quote?

I'd suggest being faithful to the original. If you are quoting, you should provide the passage verbatim as it is in your source material.
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I changed a word from a source, how do I cite it correctly?

To preserve a comment made by Ben Bolker as an answer, since comments should not be used as answers and can get deleted at any moment: If you want to make an editorial change to a direct quote ...
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How are suitable epigraphs in books found?

One strategy is to identify key words in your topic that are distinctive but can have multiple meanings, and search for uses of these words in sources that are nontechnical or in a different technical ...
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what is the deep meaning of this quote by Grothendieck?

Grothendieck never said what you claim he said. In fact, this question seems a bit disingenuous. You provided this MathOverflow link, but in fact, you have quoted only the last comment in the thread, ...
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Quoting a typo: Do I really have to do "sic", or can I just fix the sentence?

I agree with Dan Romik's suggestion to preserve the exactness of the original quote in some form and would advise against just rewriting the quote to what you think it should be, regardless of how ...
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How to indicate obscurity in a translated quotation?

Give the loose translation in brackets. For instance, if the original says "This happens once in a blue moon", then give the translation as "This happens [very infrequently]". If you want to be ...
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Quoting Keynes in a lecture

Your students are not children. They are about twenty years old. If they have not yet accepted the idea of death, it's their problem, not yours. You are being paternalistic from trying to shield them ...
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How to quote passage with literal error that changes the meaning?

You should consider the possibility that you are misunderstanding the text. It's possible that the author doesn't mean "Nonpolynomial approaches, of which dispatching is an example, ..." but rather ...
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How to handle swear words in quote / transcription?

I'm a history student currently working with oral history. You should not smooth anything on a transcript — when quoting you should do exactly as said or written. There are certain ways to ...
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