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Citing indirect quotes: APA (6th ed.) citation guide


This guide is based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. It provides selected citation examples for common types of sources. For more detailed information please consult a print copy of the style manual available at the SFU Library and at the SFU Bookstore.

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Indirect quotes (i.e. a source quoted within another source)  (6.17, p. 178)

Reference in text example:

Seidenberg and McClelland's study showed (as cited in Coltheart, Curtis, Atkins, & Haller, 1993) that [...]

Reference list example:

Coltheart, M., Curtis, B., Atkins, P., & Haller, M. (1993). Models of reading aloud: Dual-route and parallel-distributed-processing approaches. Psychological Review, 100, 589-608.


  • What you have in hand (Coltheart) is 'the secondary source', and the original work that has been cited in your source (Seidenberg) is 'the primary source'.
  • In the reference list give the secondary source (the one you have in hand; the one you consulted).
  • In text, name the primary source (Seidenberg), and give the citation to the secondary source: ('as cited in...')
  • In Secondary Sources (aka How to Cite a Source You Found in Another Source) the APA Style blog discusses when to cite indirect sources.