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MLA Style (8th Edition) Citation Guide: Secondary Sources

Secondary Sources

Secondary sources should be used sparingly. Try to locate the original source of information cited in the a work if it is possible. If you read an article or book which cites some information that you want to cite, always refer to the source where you found the information, not the original source.

Works Cited List Example

 Hanrahan, P. “The Mothers’ Project for Homeless Mothers with Mental Illnesses and Their Children: A Pilot Study.” Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, vol. 28 no. 3, 2005, pp. 291-294. doi: 10.2975/28.2005.291.294

In-Text Citation Example

Dincin and Zeitz’s study of mentally ill mothers (as cited in Hanrahan, et al., 2005) | 503.943.7111 or 800.841.8261 | 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, OR 97203-5798 | © 2017 University of Portland, All Rights Reserved