Answered By: Kathryn Park
Last Updated: May 13, 2015     Views: 2628

In MLA style the preference is always to use the direct source if you can find it, but if you can't find the original source you can cite a source indirectly. Here's how:

  1. Cite using normal in text citation rules for MLA, but include the phrase qtd. in. On your works cited page you will only include the source that you actually looked at.

Example:

An article written by Peter Holbrook cites T.S. Eliot, and you want to cite the Eliot quote as well:

Eliot's position was that the "ordinary emotional person, experiencing a work of art, has a mixed critical and creative reaction". (qtd. in Holbrook 96).

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