Answered By: Renee Stokes (Perth)
Last Updated: 15 Sep 2017     Views: 52

Sometimes the information you wish to use is a reference within another source. This is known as a secondary source. That is, the source you are consulting is one step removed from the original or primary source. For example, if you are using the Egan counselling textbook and wish to use information from it attributed to Nobel Laureate James Heckman, example:

Heckman (cited in Egan, 2010) discusses…

In the bibliography or list of references, you only need to source the work you consulted, example:

Egan, G. (2010). The skilled helper: A problem-management and opportunity-development approach to helping (9th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks Cole.

You may also wish to reference multiple references within another source eg. This is noted by both Heckman and Pinsoff (cited in Egan, 2010).

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